Maine Patent of the Month – June 2021

Tape worms, among other parasites, are common infections found in animals. These parasites can cause serious damage and can even be fatal. Typical detection methods usually involve examination of fecal samples. These methods are time consuming and need special equipment, making them inefficient and inaccessible. IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. has created an alternative detection method that overcomes these limitations and also offers identification of tapeworm species.

Their detection method uses an antibody capable of binding specifically to a tapeworm coproantigen. Even better, it can make these detections before they appear in feces, which means you can detect earlier and prevent harmful effects. Testing can be done with any bodily sample from a mammal including feces, blood, and tissue. With the antigen, they use an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect and even identify any present tapeworm species. From here, the patient can then be treated earlier than with any other traditional methods. This detection method is easy to use and yields consistently reliable results.

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