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Table 2 Clinical presentation of dogs diagnosed with Brucella suis in New South Wales, Australia (n = 74)

From: Emergence of Brucella suis in dogs in New South Wales, Australia: clinical findings and implications for zoonotic transmission

Clinical presentation Positive (n = 48)
No. (%)
Inconclusive (n = 26)
No. (%)
Sub-clinical infectiona 19 (40) 12 (46)
 Male 8 (30) 6 (35)
 Female 9 (47) 6 (67)
Reproductive tract signsb 14 (33) 11 (44)
 Orchitis/epididymitisc 12 (46) 9 (56)
 History of abortionc 2 (12) 2 (22)
Lethargy/‘off-colour’ 13 (27) 8 (31)
Discospondylitis/ back pain 6 (13) 3 (12)
 Intact 4 (9) 3 (12)
 De-sexed 2 (67) 0
Lameness 5 (10) 2 (8)
 Intact 3 (7) 2 (8)
 De-sexed 2 (67) 0
Otherd 7 (15) 4 (15)
  1. Cases from 2011 to 2015 (n = 74) are presented. Denominators are adjusted for gender and reproductive status, where applicable
  2. aGender of two sub-clinically affected dogs was unknown (see Table 1)
  3. bReproductively intact animals only (see Table 1)
  4. cOther includes: superficial abscess (n = 4), haematuria (2), prostatitis (2), vomiting (2), weight loss (2), lymphoadenomegaly (2), suppurative endometritis (1)