An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detecting antibodies to enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL) virus is described and its sensitivity compared with that of the agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGIDT) using 198 sera collected in Great Britain. There was 95 per cent agreement between the ELISA and AGIDT, when sera with positive/negative ratio (P/N) values of 1 . 5 or greater were considered positive. A total of 259 out of 264 sera (98 per cent) collected in Northern Ireland had P/N values of less than 1 . 5, the remaining sera having P/N values of 1 . 5 and 1 . 6. As Northern Ireland is clinically and serologically free of EBL infection it is proposed that sera with P/N values of 1 . 5 and 1 . 6, which account for approximately 3.5 per cent of the total sera tested, are considered doubtful and should be tested by another serological test.
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