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The Genus Brucella

  • Margaret E. Meyer

Abstract

The genus Brucella historically has been classified in the family Brucellaceae, but it was recently removed from this family and placed with several other genera in a group of unaffiliated Gram-negative aerobes. Members of this genus are important bacteria because of the widespread and serious nature of the disease they can cause in both man and animal. Brucellosis (undulant fever) in man is incapacitating and can become chronic and lead to permanent invalidism. Brucellosis in animals is of crucial concern, particularly in the overcrowded and protein-hungry areas of the world, because it is one of the leading causes of abortion and sterility in all domesticated and semidomesticated livestock used by man for meat, milk, hair, wool, hides, fertilizer, fuel, for carrying burdens, and for tilling soil.

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Brucella Abortus Brucella Species Brucella Melitensis Classical Species Direct Isolation 
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