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Humans and Brucella Species

Exposure to most species of Brucella, such as those associated with certain types of animals, could potentially lead to infection.

When infections in humans occur, the following Brucella species are more often responsible:

*Three types of the bacteria that cause brucellosis – Brucella abortus, Brucella melitensis and Brucella suis – are designated as select agents. This means that they have the potential to be developed as bioterrorism agents due to their ability to undergo aerosolization.

For more on select agents, visit www.selectagents.gov.

 

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