Brucella melitensis

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Brucella melitensis
B. melitensis colonies
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 one of the species of bacteria that cause 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.


External links


  1. "Public Health Image Library (PHIL)".