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Brucella Species

Paul G. Auwaerter, M.D., Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq, M.D.
Brucella Species is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide.

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  • Aerobic, intraceullular gram negative coccobacilli causing brucellosis.
  • Grows on a variety of media, usually within 24-48h of inoculation.
  • Zoonotic disease, most important species for human infections:
    • B. abortus (cattle, buffalo)
    • B. melitensis (goat, sheep, camel)
    • B.suis (swine, wild animals)
    • B. canis (dog)
    • Less common:
      • B. ovis (sheep)
      • B. neotomae (desert and wood rats)
      • Three marine species also described afflicting marine mammals (B. delphini, B. pinnipediae, B. cetaceae) have been described causing human disease.
  • Most human disease due to B. arbortus and B. melitensis.

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Last updated: January 31, 2016


Auwaerter, Paul G, and Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq. "Brucella Species." Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, The Johns Hopkins University, 2016. Pediatrics Central, peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540068/all/Brucella_Species.
Auwaerter PG, Al-Tawfiq JA. Brucella Species. Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2016. https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540068/all/Brucella_Species. Accessed April 19, 2019.
Auwaerter, P. G., & Al-Tawfiq, J. A. (2016). Brucella Species. In Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. Available from https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540068/all/Brucella_Species
Auwaerter PG, Al-Tawfiq JA. Brucella Species [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2016. [cited 2019 April 19]. Available from: https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540068/all/Brucella_Species.
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