University of Liverpool announces rapid diagnostic test for fluke

The University of Liverpool, together with collaborators, Mologic Ltd, has developed a pen-side diagnostic test, which will be able to diagnose exposure to fluke on farm.

The test utilises lateral flow technology first used in over the counter pregnancy tests. The liver fluke test has been designed to work with a drop of blood from the ear of a sheep or a cow and can detect antibodies against infection. Results can be obtained in less than 10 minutes.

This test will allow rapid testing of dairy cattle at drying off when there is a very limited time window for treatment, provide early detection of infection in sheep to prevent acute disease and allow beef farmers to monitor infection at housing. Most importantly, it will allow the implementation of targeted treatment programmes, all of which will aid in slowing the development of resistance.

The University of Liverpool and Mologic have launched a short market research survey in order to gain the industry’s opinions on what a pen-side diagnostic test for liver fluke should look like.

They are looking for the views from all sides of the farming industry and urge anyone to take part it if they wish to. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and is available until January 10, 2021.

To access the survey, click HERE.

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