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Vet Microbiol. 2001 Jun 22;80(4):359-63.

Identification of Brucella abortus, B. canis, B. melitensis, and B. suis by carbon substrate assimilation tests.

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  • 1Departamento de Microbiología, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, IPN, D.F., México, Mexico.


By using the results of seven carbon substrate assimilation tests from the Biotype 100 system (bioMérieux, Marcy-l'Etoile, France), we correctly identified 79 (85.9%) of 92 Brucella strains tested. The specificity of the method varied from 97.4 to 100% depending on the species. Although a biological safety cabinet must be used, this method represents an easy and fast alternative for the identification of Brucella species.

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