Brucella canis

Brucella canis advice

Brucella canis is a bacterium which causes canine brucellosis, an infectious disease predominantly affecting dogs, but also transmissible to humans.

Note that, although it’s a member of the Brucella genus, B. canis is distinct from other classical Brucella species (eg B. abortus, B. melitensis and B. suis) which infect livestock and account for the vast majority of human infections globally.

We’ve collated the latest updates and the most important resources.

Brucella canis information for vets

We’ve worked with colleagues at BSAVA, BVNA and SPVS to develop our policy position on Brucella canis, which includes useful information for veterinary professionals on managing the disease in the practice. The policy includes:

  • Background information, including prevalence, transmission and clinical signs.
  • Information on diagnosis and testing, including legal requirements, determining infection status, the role of pre-import testing and testing in UK veterinary practices.
  • Guidance on management of positive cases and managing risks in veterinary practice.
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