Brucella ovis

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Brucella ovis
Phylum Proteobacteria
Class Alpha Proteobacteria
Order Rhizobiales
Family Brucellaceae
Genus Brucella
Species B.ovis


Brucella ovis is one of the bacterial organism responsible for Ovine Epididymitis, along with Brucella melitensis.

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.


The disease, Ovine Brucellosis (Epididymitis), is notifiable to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

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This article was originally sourced from The Animal Health & Production Compendium (AHPC) published online by CABI during the OVAL Project.

The datasheet was accessed on 2 June 2011.

Merck Veterinary Manual, Brucellosis in sheep, accessed online 06/06/2011 @

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