IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test Added to OIE’s Registry of Tests for the Detection of Bovine Tuberculosis [Trade]

The first—and only—bovine tuberculosis antibody test to earn OIE approval

WESTBROOK, Maine, June 18, 2012—IDEXX announces that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has added the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test to its registry of tests. OIE develops and maintains international standards for diagnostic tests and vaccines and this marks the first time the organization has certified an antibody test for the detection of bovine tuberculosis (TB). Based on a stringent independent review, the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test was validated and certified by the OIE as fit for the purposes defined in the kit insert.

“Effective, affordable diagnostics are essential for keeping bovine tuberculosis in check and, moreover, managing its effects when an outbreak occurs,” says Olivier te Boekhorst, Vice President General Manager, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics. “With the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test entered into the OIE’s registry of tests, now government laboratories, livestock veterinarians and producers can choose with confidence a robust, reproducible tool for their comprehensive TB disease management program.”

Released in 2011, the IDEXX M. bovis test offers a fast, three-hour protocol that delivers objective, quantitative results compatible with typical laboratory data management systems. Its easy-to-use ELISA format requires no specialized training or handling requirements and can be automated for high-volume use. The test also can utilize serum or plasma samples already collected for other disease surveillance purposes.

“The IDEXX M. bovis test is already used in several countries, including Chile and Ireland,” said John Lawrence, Senior Research Scientist, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics. “We’re also participating in trials to gain specific country-level approvals, as well as undergoing research studies in France, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.”

For more information on the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test, please contact your local IDEXX representative or visit idexx.com/mbovis.

About IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics
For more than 25 years, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics has focused on improving the health of the world’s food animals. Personnel around the globe work closely with customers, key opinion leaders, regulatory officials and agency heads to set up diagnostic testing programs. Rigorous quality control includes ISO certification and approvals from the USDA and international regulatory agencies that ensure quality, repeatability and reliability of test results. A global distribution network, an intimate knowledge of local conditions and languages and a seasoned, experienced staff make IDEXX uniquely qualified to provide laboratories, veterinarians and producers with diagnostic tests and technologies they can trust. The IDEXX portfolio addresses more than 50 pathologies affecting bovine, small ruminant, porcine, poultry and equine species.

About IDEXX Laboratories
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 5,000 people and offers products to customers in over 100 countries.


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