Sheep scab, future perspective for disease diagnosis and control

Busin, V. , Burgess, S. and Sargison, N. (2015) Sheep scab, future perspective for disease diagnosis and control. Livestock, 20(3), pp. 156-159. (doi: 10.12968/live.2015.20.3.156)

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Sheep scab is caused by the mite Psoroptes ovis and is the most important ectoparasitic disease of sheep in the UK. Sheep scab represents a significant threat to animal welfare, making a rapid and accurate diagnosis of paramount importance. Recently the Moredun Research Institute (MRI) has developed a diagnostic ELISA for the detection of antibodies specific to a mite allergen (Pso o 2) which has proven highly sensitive in the diagnosis of sub-clinical infestation. At the same time, worldwide interest has grown over the application of microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (µPADs) for low cost, point of care, multiplexed analyses. The combined application of these new technologies with the existing Pso o 2 antibody ELISA could represent a very powerful, improved diagnostic tool for sheep scab.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Busin, Valentina
Authors: Busin, V., Burgess, S., and Sargison, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Livestock
Publisher:Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN (Online):2044-3870)
Published Online:19 May 2015

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