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Brucella melitensis is a bacterial disease that can affect most species of domestic animals. Sheep and goats, particularly milking breeds, are the most susceptible to infection. Cattle may occasionally be affected and the disease may appear in pigs. In humans the disease is known as Malta fever, and is similar to, and perhaps more severe than, that caused by B. abortus. Strict hygiene precautions should be followed when handling animals or aborted foetuses.
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