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A nonmotile, aerobic, gram-negative genus of bacteria. The three main species are Brucella melitensis, causing brucellosis in goats; Brucella suis, causing brucellosis in swine; and Brucella abortus, the cause of contagious abortion in cattle and other domestic animals.

Brucella abortus is also known as Bang's bacillus. See under Bernhard Lauritz Frederik Bang, Danish veterinary and bacteriologist, 1848-1932.

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