Brucellosis

Brucellosis is an infectious disease that occurs from contact with animals carrying Brucella bacteria.  Brucella can infect cattle, goats, camels, dogs, and pigs. The bacteria can spread to humans if you come in contact with infected meat of the placenta of infected animals, or if you eat or drink unpasteurized milk or cheese.  

Laboratory Testing

The Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Lab (RMRAHL) is the state laboratory with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  RMRAHL is the only lab in the state to offer official Brucellosis testing for B. abortus, B. melitensis, and B. suis.  This testing would include any movement, including shows and change of ownership.  RMRHAL is the only lab to offer 2-METT test for B. canis and the semen PCR for B. ovis.  Visit the RMRAHL website to learn more.  

Resources

Brucellosis in Livestock:

USDA Brucellosis Disease Information

The Cattle Site: Brucellosis

The Merck Veterinary Manual: Brucellosis in Cattle

The Merck Veterinary Manual: Brucellosis in Pigs

The Merck Veterinary Manual: Brucellosis in Goats

The Merck Veterinary Manual: Brucellosis in Sheep

The Merck Veterinary Manual: Brucellosis in Horses

The Merck Veterinary Manual: Fistulous Withers and Poll Evil

 

Brucellosis in Dogs:

The Merck Veterinary Manual: Brucellosis in Dogs

The Merck Veterinary Manual: Overview of Brucellosis in Dogs

The Center for Food Security & Public Health (CFSPH): Canine Brucellosis

 

Human Exposure:

The Center for Food Security & Public Health (CFSPH): Brucellosis

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Brucellosis