The blood test has been developed by Prof Jacqui Matthews’ group at the Moredun Research Institute (MRI), the main funder being The Horse Trust.
This new test will enable vets to make a differential diagnosis, as well as informed treatment decisions to help protect the efficacy of moxidectin, the only dewormer currently capable of eliminating the encysted stages.
ADB are also developing laboratory ELISA kits to enable independent veterinary laboratories to conduct blood testing. These kits are expected to reach the market in 2020.
Research into a saliva-based test is ongoing and is expected to be commercialised in several years' time.
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Image: Cyathostome: fecal 03 ©Prof Derek Knottenbelt