Faster testing time
Actiphage only requires one visit to collect blood samples and analysis takes 6-8 hours to produce a result.
No ‘cool off’ period
There is no time limit between tests, enabling a continuous programme of testing to be carried out where infection has been detected or is suspected.
The test only works on viable mycobacteria. Actiphage is more sensitive than any other test currently available, able to detect fewer than 10 live mycobacteria in a 2ml blood sample.
The technology has in-built high-level specificity controls and is able to identify any species of mycobacteria that is susceptible to the bacteriophage, including MAP (Johne’s disease) and M.bovis (bovine TB).
Actiphage can reproducibly distinguish between live and dead mycobacteria, meaning that a positive result will only be delivered if there are live mycobacteria in the sample.
As a DIVA tool (Differentiating Vaccinated from Infected Animals):
Uniquely, Actiphage directly detects live mycobacteria so will always produce a negative result when used on vaccinated animals even if they might have a positive skin test result. This opens up the possibility of, for example, the roll-out of vaccination programmes for bovine TB.
To find out more about our MAP/Johne's Disease testing service contact us.