Brucellosis – The Role of PCR in Diagnosis and Management

  • Shane Byrne
  • John Bates
  • Jennifer M. B. Robson


Brucellosis is a classic bacterial zoonosis. Common Brucella species that are pathogenic in humans and their usual animal reservoirs include B. melitensis in sheep and goats, B. abortus in cattle, and B. suis in swine. The recent description of Brucella from marine mammals has extended its ecologic range.


Marine Mammal Major Outer Membrane Protein Human Brucellosis Brucella Species Bovine Brucellosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shane Byrne
    • 1
  • John Bates
    • 2
  • Jennifer M. B. Robson
    • 3
  1. 1.Molecular Pathology DepartmentSullivan Nicolaides PathologyTaringaAustralia
  2. 2.Public Health Microbiology, Forensic and Scientific ServicesClinical and Statewide Services Division, Queensland HealthArcherfieldAustralia
  3. 3.Sullivan Nicolaides PathologyTaringaAustralia

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