Brucella species — Safety
- Use biosafety level 2 practices for specimen processing.
- Use biosafety level 3 practices for all activities involving manipulation of cultures.
Brucella is the most commonly reported agent of laboratory-associated infection. It is a virulent, highly infectious organism. Once this organism is suspected on the basis of clinical and/or laboratory information, do not perform additional testing. Send the isolate to the South Dakota State Laboratory for identification.