IDEXX Launches Schmallenberg Ab Test [Trade]

Comprehensive disease screen assures confidence before trade or export

WESTBROOK, Maine, November 14, 2012—IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics announces the worldwide release of the IDEXX Schmallenberg Ab Test—a new indirect ELISA to help government and export laboratories identify antibodies to the Schmallenberg virus and other Simbu-serogroup viruses before trade or export.

Schmallenberg and Simbu-serogroup viruses are vector-borne and can cause congenital defects, abortions and stillbirths in cattle, sheep and goats. The IDEXX Schmallenberg Ab Test is a screening test that accurately detects antibodies to Schmallenberg virus. The new test has a high level of specificity (99.5%) and sensitivity (98.1%).

“IDEXX understands that producers and purchasers need to know the serologic status of animals in order to make confident decisions about trade or export,” says Olivier te Boekhorst, Vice President and General Manager, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics and IDEXX Dairy. “This will help laboratories ensure that livestock are free of Schmallenberg antibodies before being moved.”

The IDEXX Schmallenberg Ab Test uses 1x8 strip plates that support small volume testing and can easily scale up to larger volumes. The test comes with ready-to-use reagents and seamlessly integrates into automated work flows, enhancing the efficiency of existing processes.

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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.


IDEXX Laboratories
Christoph Egli, DVM
IDEXX Bovine Product Line Manager
1-207-556-4300, ext. 76287