Development of an Immunochromatographic Test with Recombinant EMA-2 for the Rapid Detection of Antibodies against Babesia equi in Horses


American Society for Microbiology


An immunochromatographic test (BeICT) for the rapid detection of antibodies against Babesia equi was developed. It clearly differentiated B. equi-infected horses from B. caballi-infected and uninfected horses. The agreement with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay results was 96.7% in the detection of field sera. The results suggest that BeICT is rapid, simple, reliable, and suitable for use to detect B. equi infection in the field.

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