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Thursday, May 26 • 10:30 - 11:00
Besnoitiosis in Australian wildlife and significance to cattle

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Previous work had reported on the evidence of anti-Besnoitia besnoiti antibodies in South Australian cattle (Nasir et al. 2012). Testing for B. besnoiti antibodies by PrioCHECK® Besnoitia Ab 2.0 ELISA initially identified 18.4% (95% CI: 15.8–21.0%) of 869 individual cattle sera as positive by ELISA. Additional tests by immunoblot and IFAT, however, could not confirm any of the ELISA results. The use of a higher threshold in the ELISA suggested a way to improve the diagnostic specificity of that assay. There is thus no evidence of B. besnoiti infection in South Australian cattle. Around the same time, there were reports of epistaxis (nose-bleeds) in Western grey kangaroos around Australia and including South Australia that suggested the presence, in the nasal passage of these marsupials, of Besnoitia-like organisms (BLOs). The present study was aimed at characterising those organisms further. Three clinical cases (with epistaxis) were closely examined, as well as serological and molecular assays performed

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Professor Michael Reichel

Dean, City University of Hong Kong
Michael is the Foundation Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, City University of Hong Kong, a collaboration with Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He held the Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Adelaide until the end of... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 10:30 - 11:00
Room L3 Adelaide Convention Centre

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