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  • > 19.02.2024 - Optimised MegaELISA® Antigen
    Increased sensitivity and single test format

    Our MegaELISA® FeLV Antigen has been optimised to achieve a sensitivity of 97.4 % while maintaining a specificity of 100 % (92 samples tested, compared to the FeLV ELISA of the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich).

    In addition, the plate format was changed to breakable wells, enabling individual tests as well as reducing the required sample volume to 15 µl per well. This has also slightly changed the test procedure.

    - rapid detection of FeLV antigens
    - sample material: serum, plasma
    - highly specific: use of monoclonal antibodies against FeLV
    - standardised, user-friendly test procedure
    - manual or automated processing
    - processing approx. 35 min


  • > 06.11.2023 - Stepchild Colostrum management
    FASTest® IgG bovine is suitable for the on-site detection of a failure of transfer of passive immunity (FTPI)

    FASTest® IgG bovine

    As reference method, Brix values in serum (cut-off 8.4 %) between the 3rd and 6th day of life were used. The FASTest® IgG bovine shows a high sensitivity of 90 % and 84 % and a specificity of 70 % and 72 % for whole blood supernatant and plasma (cut-off 8.3 %). However, whole blood (without anticoagulants) is not adequate for determining the FTPI at 12 to 16 h post partum. Almost 40 % of the calves in this study suffered from FTPI.

    CONCLUSION: The FASTest® IgG bovine is a suitable method to determine FTPI in whole blood supernatant and plasma of calves between 3rd and 6th day of life.

     

    Evaluation of an immunochromatographic point-of-care test for the detection of failure of transfer of passive immunity in calves, Hartsleben et al. 2023

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  • > 15.09.2023 - FASTest® BEE 3T – healthier colonies
    Start a healthy bee season

    with FASTest® BEE 3T – do you know how many viruses are in your colonies?

     

    Produktbild FASTest® BEE 3T

    New at MEGACOR: FASTest® BEE 3T

    □ rapid on-site virus detection in bees
          ● DWV = Deformed wing virus
          ● ABPV = Acute bee paralysis virus
          ● SBV = Sacbrood virus
    □ sample material: bees/bee brood
    □ simple test procedure and test evaluation after 15 minutes
    □ storage at room temperature (15–25 °C)
    □ shelf life 18 months after manufacture
    □ need-based test-kit formats: 2, 10, 25 or 50 tests

    □ whole-year virus monitoring (especially in late summer, winter losses)
    □ testing on the colony for decision support of beekeeping measures
    □ indirect conclusion about the potential virus vector Varroa destructor (vector for DWV, ABPV, SBV)

    More information

     

    Flyer FASTest® BEE 3T

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    Article Bienenjournal (German) 05/2024

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  • > 08.03.2023 - Investigating the seroprevalence of CDV in free-roaming dogs in Nepal
    FASTest® CDV Ab as screening test

    Canine Distemper is caused by the canine Distemper virus (CDV), a Morbillivirus of the subfamily Paramyxovirinae. It infests dogs and other carnivores like fox, wolf, coyote, jackal, ferret, mink, raccoon and seal world-wide. Also, endangered carnivores such as the Bengal tiger are susceptible to CDV.

    A recent study investigated the seroprevalence of CDV in free-roaming dogs in the Chitwan National Park buffer zone with FASTest® CDV Ab. In 80 % of the dogs, antibodies against CDV were detected, of which 35 % had a medium and 45 % had a high titre.

     

    Seroprevalence of CDV in the free-roaming dog population surrounding Chitwan National Park, Nepal_McDermott_2023

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  • > 07.03.2023 - New: MegaELISA® FeLV Antigen

    MegaELISA® FeLV Antigen mit Katze

    • rapid proof of FeLV antigens
    • sample material: serum, plasma
    • highly specific: use of monoclonal antibodies against FeLV
    • cat specific conjugate
    • standardized, user-friendly test procedure
    • manual or automated processing

    The MegaELISA® FeLV Antigen was evaluated in cooperation with the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University Zurich (Institute for Clinical Studies, Prof. Dr. Regina Hofmann-Lehmann). In a first evaluation study, 80 cat samples were tested.

    Result: Sensitivity 92.86 %, Specificity 100 % compared to In-House ELISA.

     

    More information here.

       

     


  • > 15.06.2022 - NEW* at MEGACOR Diagnostik GmbH: FASTest® ENCEPH
    On-site diagnostics of antibodies against Encephalitozoon cuniculi

    FASTest® ENCEPHThe diagnostic procedure for “suspicion of encephalitozoonosis” repeatedly presents the veterinarian with the challenge of quickly distinguishing between Encephalitozoon cuniculi-related (mainly neurological symptoms: keyword “vestibular syndrome”) and other causes. The serological detection of antibodies against E. cuniculi is considered the most reliable method, since IgG antibody formation begins as early as 14–28 days after infection. In the tried and tested “cassette format”, the FASTest® ENCEPH is a quick method for detecting antibodies against Encephalitozoon cuniculi in (domestic) rabbits. Anticoagulant whole blood, plasma or serum are used as sample material. Only 5 μl (serum, plasma) or 10 μl (anticoagulant whole blood) are required as a sample volume. In a current comparative study by the vetmeduni Vienna, Institute for Parasitology (Head: Prof. Dr. med. vet. Anja Joachim), a sensitivity of 98.5% and a specificity of 100% were achieved compared to the reference test indirect immunofluorescence antibody test. The on-site application of the FASTest® ENCEPH guarantees the veterinarian a quick and reliable clarification of the suspected clinical diagnosis as well as the initiation of a targeted therapy and prophylaxis (zoonosis!).

     

    *Available now

     

    More information:

    Comparison study FASTest® ENCEPH

    FASTest® ENCEPH


  • > 11.04.2022 - Investigating a superspreading event of the 2020-2021 avian influenza epidemic using FASTest® AIV Ag
    FASTest® AIV Ag as a screening test

    FASTest® AIV AgThe resident veterinarian who was called to the outbreak used the FASTest® AIV Ag for an on-site confirmation of his suspected clinical diagnosis of “bird flu”. This is suitable as a screening test for the quick and easy detection of all AIV type A subtypes.

    Due to the positive FASTest® AIV Ag result, the vet immediately forwarded the result to the district veterinary authority so that they could implement the animal health-related measures to ward off an impending pandemic.

    An outbreak of HPAI, subtype H5N8, was confirmed on day 2 by the National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany.

     

    Investigation into a Superspreading Event of the German 2020-2021 Avian Influenza Epidemic_2022 Denzin et al

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  • > 14.03.2022 - MegaFLUO® BABESIA gibsoni is no longer available until further notice

    Fluoreszenzbild Babesia gibsoni

    Some of you may already have noticed that the MegaFLUO® BABESIA gibsoni (Art. 829K10FK1 / 829S10FK1 / 829S50FK1) is no longer available. We have repeatedly tried to establish an alternative manufacturing method, but we cannot achieve the quality we are used to. Therefore, we are removing the product from the program until further notice. As soon as we have a new solution, we will of course inform you about it.


  • > 09.02.2022 - New: MegaELISA® ENCEPHALITOZOON cuniculi
    First veterinary-specific laboratory test

    MegaELISA® ENCEPHALITOZOON cuniculi

    • rapid indirect proof of IgG antibodies against E. cuniculi
    • sample material: serum, plasma
    • highly specific: use of Encephalitozoon cuniculi antigens
    • rabbit-specific conjugate
    • standardized, user-friendly test procedure
    • manual or automated processing
    The MegaELISA® ENCEPHALITOZOON cuniculi was developed in cooperation with the VetMed University Vienna (Institute for Pathology, Dr. Roman Peschke).
    In a first evaluation study, 118 rabbit samples were tested. The MegaELISA® ENCEPHALITOZOON cuniculi showed a sensitivity of 95.9 % and a specificity of 97.8 % compared to IFAT.
     

     

    Flyer MegaELISA® ENCEPHALITOZOON cuniculi

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    Instructions for use

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