Pathology Handbook

Brucella Antibodies

Synonyms

Undulant Fever

Test Includes

Detection of antibodies to Brucella species.

Clinical Indications

PUO following consumption of unpasturised milk products. Symptoms of atypical infection. Spotaneous abortion.

Request Form 

Request via the ICE system.

Availability

On request during normal working hours; reference laboratory test (Liverpool HPA).

Specific Criteria

Detailed clinical information including dates of onset and exposure. It is reccomended that the laboratory is contacted first.

Turnaround Time

7-10 days.

Specimen

Blood.

Volume

7ml.

Container

Gold Top (SST).

Vacutainer gold top

Collection

Samples should be transported to the lab immediately.

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled/inadequately labelled sample.

Insufficient clinical information given.

Lab Handling

Handle as a high risk sample (Category 3). Aliquot and store at 4C; send to the Reference Laboratory as soon as possible.