IDEXX Introduces New ELISA for Bovine Tuberculosis

IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test designed to help improve overall disease detection

WESTBROOK, Maine, June 27, 2011—IDEXX announces the release of the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test for sale outside the United States. Utilizing standardized ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) methodology, this new laboratory-based test offers an additional measure to help control and eradicate bovine tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis. The IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test was validated with worldwide sample sets and included in over a dozen independent, worldwide evaluations.

"Bovine tuberculosis continues to be an economically devastating livestock disease in many countries," said Olivier te Boekhorst, General Manager, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics. "Control and eradication is further complicated by the lack of sensitive tests as well as the presence of significant wildlife reservoirs. The IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test is a robust and reproducible tool to include in any comprehensive TB disease management program."

The new M. bovis test offers a fast, three-hour protocol that delivers objective, quantitative results compatible with typical laboratory data management systems. Also, the easy to use ELISA format requires no specialized training or handling requirements, and can be automated for high-volume use. It can also be used with serum or plasma samples already collected for other disease surveillance purposes.

"Antibody detection is an easy and affordable method for TB testing, especially where there's an emphasis on cost-effective detection and removal of infected cattle from problem herds in areas where the disease is endemic," said John Lawrence, Senior Scientist, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics. "The test's high specificity also makes it useful as a potential new surveillance tool in other regions."

IDEXX has developed and manufactured market-leading livestock and poultry ELISAs for over 25 years. For more information about the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test and our complete range of available diagnostics, please call +001-207-556-4645.

About IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics
IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics is the worldwide leader in diagnostic tests for livestock and poultry. For over 25 years, animal health professionals have turned to IDEXX for proven diagnostics, information-technology and equipment solutions. The IDEXX portfolio addresses more than 50 pathologies affecting bovine, small ruminant, porcine, poultry, and equine populations.

About IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and to build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing livestock and poultry diagnostic tests and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs more than 4,800 people and offers products to customers in over 100 countries.


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Nevena Djuranovic
IDEXX Marketing Manager, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics
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nevena-djuranovic@idexx.com