Virbac Animal Health has enhanced its ‘Speed’ diagnostics range with the introduction of Speed Leish K, a quick and easy to use diagnostic test for canine leishmaniosis.

Virbac Animal Health has enhanced its ‘Speed’ diagnostics range with the introduction of Speed Leish K, a quick and easy to use diagnostic test for canine leishmaniosis.

The announcement of Speed Leish K comes after Virbac UK unveiled CaniLeish—the first EU developed vaccine against the disease—at WSAVA / FECAVA / BSAVA World Congress in April 2012.

Speed Leish KSpeed Leish K detects antibodies directed against the kinesins of leishmania using a Kinesin Capture Complex (KCC), a complex of recombinant proteins with strong immunogenic power at all stages of infection. In trials the test has demonstrated 98.5% overall accuracy.

According to the Virbac, Speed Leish K should be used as part of the primary CaniLeish vaccination protocol in animals previously at risk of exposure to ensure only health animals are vaccinated. The test can also be used to screen for the disease in animals suspected to be infected.

Virbac product manager Simon Boulton said: “Leishmaniosis presents a growing threat to UK dogs, particularly those which travel with their owners on holiday to regions where the disease is endemic.

Speed Leish K is presented in kits of two or six tests and can be stored for 24 months at room temperature.

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