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RealPCR T. foetus DNA Mix
The IDEXX RealPCR T. foetus DNA Mix is used for the identification of Tritrichomonas foetus DNA when combined with the shared reagents of the IDEXX RealPCR platform. Samples can be tested simultaneously with any other IDEXX RealPCR reagents using shared reagents and a single real-time PCR program.
* Availability / Distribution: United States and Canada
- Identification of T. foetus DNA
- Results in approximately 70 minutes
Part numbers and sizes
99-56030 (100 reactions)
About Tritrichomonas foetus
Trichomonosis or “trich” is a venereal disease of cattle caused by Tritrichomonas foetus, a flagellate protozoan parasite. The disease is asymptomatic in bulls, but in cows it is characterized by infertility, abortion, embryonic and early fetal death, fetal maceration, pyometra and vaginal discharge.
The use of artificial insemination in many areas of the world has contributed to reduced prevalence of Trichomonosis. In countries with extensive farming practices where artificial insemination is not used the disease remains of major economic importance as a cause of abortion and infertility.
Transmission of the disease is primarily by coitus, but mechanical transmission by insemination instruments or by gynecological examination can occur. The organism can survive in whole or diluted semen at 41°F (5°C). Bulls over 3–4 years old are the main reservoir of the parasite as they tend to be long-term carriers, whereas most cows and young bulls (less than 3 years old) may clear the infection spontaneously. For these reasons samples from bulls are usually preferred for diagnosing and controlling the disease in herds.
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