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Observe™ Tuberculin

Observe™ Tuberculin purified protein derivative (PPD) for bovine tuberculosis testing in cattle and deer

AsureQuality is the leading supplier of Tuberculin in New Zealand and Australia.

What is bovine tuberculosis?

Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic disease caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium bovis (M.bovis) which is closely related to the bacteria that cause human and avian tuberculosis. This disease can affect practically all mammals, causing a general state of illness, coughing and eventual death.

Until the 1920s when control measures began in developed countries, it was one of the major diseases of domestic animals throughout the world. Today TB remains an important disease of cattle, wild animals, and is a significant zoonosis (a disease of animals which can also infect humans).

TB is a disease listed in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code, and must be reported to the OIE as detailed in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

Diagnostic Testing

The standard method for detection of TB is the tuberculin test, where a small amount of antigen is injected into the skin, and the immune reaction is measured. 

The following Observe™ Tuberculin products are available to test for TB:

To order please use the forms below:

For New Zealand customers PDF (111 KB)

Please note the following conditions apply: The product can only be sold to an approved trader, or to any person with a veterinary prescription or authorisation, or to persons approved under Section 103 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. The product must be administered to an animal only by a veterinarian, or under and in accordance with the authority or prescription of a veterinarian, or by persons approved under Section 103 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 when applying cattle and deer tuberculin tests.

For Australian customers PDF (95 KB)

Please note the following conditions apply: The product can only be used by registered veterinary surgeons. In Queensland, for animals destined for export all tests must be conducted by a registered veterinarian in AQIS-approved facilities/feedlots. In all other states supply must be approved by the Chief Veterinary Officer or delegated State Veterinary Officer.

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