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IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test

Bovine Tuberculosis/Mycobacterium bovis

The IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test is intended for the detection of Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) antibody in cattle serum and plasma samples. Adding IDEXX M. bovis Ab test to bTB control programs will increase detection by identifying infections other tests miss. This test is a robust and reproducible tool that offers a fast, 2-hour protocol for objective, quantitative results. IDEXX easy-to-use M. bovis ELISA format requires no specialized training or handling requirements and can be repeated as often as necessary, allowing more rapid bTB control. 

Validated and certified by the OIE as fit for the purposes defined in the kit insert provided with this kit. Registration number 20120107


* Availability / Distribution: Outside the U.S. and Canada


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Test details


  • Serum or plasma samples
  • Indirect format
  • Results in 2 hours

Part numbers and sizes

99-29853 (5 plates/strips)

Bovine Tuberculosis/Mycobacterium bovis

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis), continues to be an important livestock disease in many countries, and its control and eradication is complicated by the lack of sensitive tests as well as the presence of significant wildlife reservoirs.

Although tuberculosis tests based on cell-mediated responses (skin and gamma interferon) can detect animals in the early stages of infection, they still fail to detect up to 20% of truly infected animals.1

Using antibody testing for bTB control programs can significantly improve the detection of bTB-infected herds. In bTB-negative areas, antibody testing can be used on other sample streams as an easy, cost-effective surveillance tool.




1. de la Rua-Domenech R, Goodchild AT, Vordermeier HM, Hewinson RG, Christiansen KH, Clifton-Hadley RS. Ante mortem diagnosis of tuberculosis in cattle: a review of the tuberculin tests, γ-interferon assay and other ancillary diagnostic techniques. Res Vet Sci. 2006;81(2):190–210.
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