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Brucella melitensis
B. melitensis colonies
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Alpha Proteobacteria
Order: Rhizobiales
Family: Brucellaceae
Genus: Brucella
Species: B. melitensis
Binomial name
Brucella melitensis

Brucella melitensis is a gram negative coccobacillus bacteria that causes brucellosis, a disease affecting sheep, cattle, and sometimes humans. It is primarily considered to be associated with caprine brucellosis, but is also found in sheep. It causes reproductive disease such as orchitis, epididymitis, mastitis, and abortions. It is zoonotic, unlike Brucella ovis, causing Malta fever or localized brucellosis in humans.

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From Wikispecies

Brucella melitensis


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Superregnum: Bacteria
Regnum: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Classis: Alpha Proteobacteria
Ordo: Rhizobiales
Familia: Brucellaceae
Genus: Brucella
Species: Brucella melitensis
Strain: Brucella melitensis 16M - Brucella melitensis biovar Abortus 2308


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