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Isolation of Brucella melitensis from cattle in South Africa
  1. Francis B. Kolo,
  2. Folorunso O. Fasina,
  3. Betty Ledwaba,
  4. Barbara Glover,
  5. Banenat B. Dogonyaro,
  6. Abiodun A. Adesiyun,
  7. Tendai C. Katsande,
  8. Itumeleng Matle,
  9. Awoke K. Gelaw and
  10. Henriette van Heerden
  1. Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases
  2. Department of Production Animal Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  3. Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, South Africa
  4. Onderstepoort Veterinary Research, South Africa
  1. e-mail: kolofrancis{at}

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Brucella melitensis is primarily a pathogen found in goats and sheep, but can also be found in cattle. In South Africa, this organism has been responsible for outbreaks of brucellosis in goats, and is also reported to be the cause of brucellosis in people.1 We are reporting the detection of B melitensis from tissue samples of slaughter cattle from abattoirs in the …

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