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Brucella antibodies

Alias: Brucellosis

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Recommended serology test to detect recent infection from Brucella in the context of a clinically compatible illness and exposure history.

Availability: Referred to Brucella Special Diagnostic Unit Liverpool Clinical Laboratories: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 14 Days upon receipt at the Brucella Special Diagnostic Unit Liverpool Clinical Laboratories

Specimen Type(s)
  • Clotted blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Plain Top Sarstedt;
  • Brucella species antibodies;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Minimum-clotting time 30 minutes.
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
  • Please indicate travel history, clinical features and identify any risk factors (i.e. animal exposure or consumption of unpasteurised dairy products.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Brucella Capt: Screening titre <1/160
Brucella IgM: Screening titre <1/20
Brucella IgG: Screening titre <1/20
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?
Please note if there is a strong clinical suspicion of Brucellosis and tests are negative it is good practice to repeat testing after a 6-week period.

If you have any queries about a test or results interpretation please contact us.

Last updated: 02-06-2023