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New Saliva Test Under Development to Diagnose Equine Encysted Small Strongyle Infection

August 2016 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

Scientists at Moredun are currently developing a novel diagnostic test for the assessment of encysted small strongyle larval burdens in horses. The diagnostic test detects antibodies to larval cyathostomins encysted in the gut wall of infected horses.

Moredun has now entered into a collaboration with Austin Davis Biologics (service providers of EquiSal Tapeworm testing) to develop the test for use with saliva samples. If successful, this would simplify the sample collection process for horse owners, enabling them to take samples directly from their horses for analysis.

Small strongyles, also known as cyathostomins, are a group of parasites commonly found in the gut of grazing horses. Generally, the higher the worm burden, the higher the risk of clinical disease in the horse.