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Cornell Offers New Salmonella Test for Cattle

SALMONELLA can cause serious disease on cattle farms, killing calves, causing cows to abort, contaminating raw milk and harming people along the way, according to an announcement from Cornell University.

As the cattle-adapted strain Salmonella dublin creeps into the northeastern U.S., veterinarians and farmers have struggled to catch the bacteria in time to protect livestock because these bacteria often lie dormant in carrier animals, making the strain particularly hard to diagnose.

For the first time in the U.S., a more useful test for S. dublin is now available exclusively at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine's Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC). Cheaper, quicker, safer and more sensitive, the test detects antibodies rather than bacteria, the announcement said. …

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