Intervet is working on a new serological test that allows you to distinguish between animals that have been vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease and those that have contracted the virus. This new test should be on the market by September.

FMD is a highly contagious disease that may be fatal in pigs, cattle, sheep and goats. There is no risk to human health. FMD-vaccination was banned by European Union authorities in 1991 because many countries don’t allow meat imports from nations using the vaccine. Intervet's new test will distinguish antibodies induced by a field virus infection from those induced by existing modern FMD-vaccines.

Using the test as a herd monitoring tool enables identification of potential virus carriers under circumstances of routine vaccination.

Intervet is developing a ready-to-use ELISA kit, that may be used by any mid-sized laboratory. The test is carried out on blood samples taken from live animals or collected during slaughter. The last option allows using the test as a cost-effective, large-scale screening tool for nationwide eradication programs. Test results can be determined within a few hours.