New test kit offers hope against rinderpest
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CTA. 1990. New test kit offers hope against rinderpest. Spore 29. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A new test kit for detecting rinderpest in cattle has been developed by scientists at the Nairobi-based Pan-African Rinderpest Campaign (PARC). Each test costs only US$0.25 cents. Rinderpest has killed more than a million cattle in Africa over the...
A new test kit for detecting rinderpest in cattle has been developed by scientists at the Nairobi-based Pan-African Rinderpest Campaign (PARC). Each test costs only US$0.25 cents. Rinderpest has killed more than a million cattle in Africa over the past 10 years. Its symptoms can easily be confused with those of other cattle diseases and wrong identification can lead to a tragic waste of animals. This test will provide an accurate diagnosis under field conditions. It will not only allow field personnel to take swift and appropriate action,but will give a clearer picture of the effectiveness of vaccination programmes. The new kit, called the AGID (Agar-Gel Immuno-Diffusion) is based on a standard procedure that has been known for many years but is now packaged in a way that can be readily used in the African environment. Each kit contains enough materials to run 20 individual tests. Results, which do not need to be analyzed in a laboratory, can be known within 12 hours. Kits are being distributed free of charge to national veterinary services and individuals working on rinderpest in Africa. J Villet PARC Regional Communication Adviser c/o FAO PO Box 30470 Nairobi KENYA
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