Public Health Consequences of a False-Positive Laboratory Test Result for Brucella -- Florida, Georgia, and Michigan, 2005

Pragle, A.; Blackmore, C.; Clark, T. A.; Ari, M. D.; Wilkins, P. P.; Gross, D.; Stern, E. J.
June 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;6/6/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 22, p603
The article highlights a case of a 35-year-old woman who was false positive for Brucella. It states that the patient was diagnosed for brucellosis based on the results of a Brucella immunoglobulin M (IgM) enzyme immunoassay (EIA) conducted in a commercial laboratory. But the finding was determined as false positive after a confirmatory antibody testing by Brucella microagglutination test (BMAT) was performed at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


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