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It is one of the Brucella genus of bacteria.
It is a gram negative coccobacillus that sometimes forms chains in tissues.
Brucella ovis can be transmitted by the stable fly.
Severe inflammation of the epididymis, particularly the tail, cause formation of spermatocoeles and fibrinous adhesions.
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The datasheet was accessed on 2 June 2011.
Merck Veterinary Manual, Brucellosis in sheep, accessed online 06/06/2011 @ http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/110506.htm&word=brucella%2covis
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