A rapid, inexpensive and rugged serological test that distinguishes cattle and swine infected with Brucella sp. or Yersinia enterocolitica O:9 is described. The test protocol, which is an indirect enzyme immunoassay uses a high concentration of divalent cation chelating agents to minimize binding of Y. enterocolitica O:9 antibody to rough lipopolysaccharide antigen derived from B. abortus RB51. No false positive reactions were observed when testing 100 Canadian cattle and swine without any evidence of brucellosis. The assay detected 91.6% of cattle (n = 155) and 93.5% (n = 31) of swine infected with Brucella sp. Sera from 58 cattle and 38 swine exposed to Y. enterocolitica O:9 were negative while only 20 sera from 121 'false positive' reactors of unspecified origin gave low level positive reactions, eliminating 84% of the false positive reactions. Crown
- Yersinia enterocolitica O : 9
- Brucella sp.