Mycoplasmas are very small bacteria with no cell wall, meaning certain widely-used antibiotics are ineffective. More than twelve different mycoplasmas and related species occur in cattle but few result in disease.
Mycoplasma bovis causes the most concern to UK farmers because it can be difficult to treat. The most common cattle disease caused by Mycoplasma bovis in the UK is respiratory disease in calves, and ear infections with the classic sign of head tilt. It can also cause mastitis.
|Mycoplasma detection kit (25 tests)
|Mycoplasma detection kit (50 tests)
A Chromogenic Test for the rapid detection of Mycoplasma agalactiae, Mycoplasma bovis and Mycoplasma verecundum in veterinary disease. Mycoplasma agalactiae and Mycoplasma bovis are closely related. M. agalactiae is the primary etiological agent of contagious agalactiae in sheep and goats. M. bovis is a frequently occurring bovine pathogen associated with mastitis, genital and ocular lesions and in calves and young cattle, pneumonia and arthritis.
- Rapid: Detection time within 30-60 minutes
- Easy to perform: Extremely simple test and takes just a single step. Assay procedures performed at room temperature.
- High Specificity: Test is highly specific for the detection of Mycoplasma agalactiae an Mycoplasma bovis in 1 hour. verecundum appears diffused red in 3 hours
- Versatility: Suitable for all Mycoplasma agar media
Figure 1. Mycoplasma assay procedure
Figure 2. Image of Mycoplasma species after the addition of the company’s Mycoplasma detection reagent
References: Khan L et al. (2000) A chromogenic substrate for rapid detection of Mycoplasma agalactiae and Mycoplasma bovis Abstracts of the 13th IOM (International Organisation for Mycoplasmology) Congress, Japan, p26.
Parker et al. (2018) A review of mycoplasma diagnostics in cattle. J Vet Int Med. 32:1241-1252.