Species: Bovine, ovine
Specimen: 10 mL serum
Container: Plain (red top) or gel tube
Collection protocol: Venepuncture
Special handling/shipping requirements: Standard
General information about the disease: Liver fluke establish in the bile ducts of ruminant and interfere with liver function.
General information about when this test is indicated:
This test can be used to detect liver fluke infection in an individual animal or in a group. Up to ten sera can be pooled. Results are reported as graded positives and correlate with the level of current and/or recent infection. The test has the advantage of detecting infection with immature flukes – animals are seropositive by six weeks post infection.
Comparison with other related tests: Milk test possible in lactating animals