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Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

Brucella species — Specimen source

May be isolated from:

  • Blood

All blood cultures should be incubated for a minimum of 21 days. Terminal subcultures should be performed on negative cultures prior to discarding. Subcultures should be incubated for at least 7 days.

  • Bone marrow
  • Spleen
  • Liver
  • Abscess material

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.

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