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Evaluation of the indirect fluorescent antibody test for Babesia major and Theileria mutans in Britain
  1. SP Morzaria,
  2. DW Brocklesby and
  3. DL Harradine


Use of the indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) tests is described to detect antibodies to Theileria mutans and Babesia major in the sera of infected cattle. When antisera against T mutans and B major were tested against homologous antigens high antibody titres were recorded: when they were tested against each other or against Babesia divergens antigen insignificant titres (1/40 or less) were recorded. Thus the test was found to be species specific. Animals recovered from T mutans and B major infections retained significant levels of IFA titres for 22 and 11 months respectively. It is suggested that the IFA test could be used for field survey of the piroplasms of cattle in Britain.

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