Comparison of results from five serologic methods used for detecting Brucella abortus antibody activity in coyote sera. Academic Article uri icon


  • A total of 423 serum samples representing 94 coyotes which were wild trapped in east Texas were used to compare the serologic results from five different methods for detecting antibodies to Brucella abortus. The sera were tested for Brucella spp. antibody activity by the Card (CARD), rivanol precipitation (RIV), standard agglutination tube (SAT), cold complement fixation test (CF), and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methods. Each serum sample selected for this comparison demonstrated antibody activity by one or more of the five serologic methods. When the serologic results of the five different methods were compared, 143 sera were positive according to the CF test and agreement was 67.1-70.6% with CARD, RIV and SAT. The maximum agreement for CF positive was with CARD (70.6%) and the lowest agreement fro CF negative was also with CARD (56.4%). Agreement among the serologic methods for the SAT positive ranged from 69.1% (CARD) to 72.7% (RIV). Agreement between SAT and ELISA was poor with only 38.1% agreement for SAT positive and 11.3% agreement for SAT negative. Agreement between methods for CARD positive sera was poor, with a low of 43% for both SAT and ELISA, and a high of 55.6% for RIV. Agreement between methods for 149 RIV positive sera was 83.2% for CARD, 67.8% for SAT, 64.4% for CF and only 50.3% for ELISA. Agreement between methods for ELISA positive results ranged from 49.0% for RIV to 62.7% for CARD.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

published proceedings

  • Vet Immunol Immunopathol

author list (cited authors)

  • Williams, J. D., Heck, F. C., Davis, D. S., & Adams, L. G.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Williams, JD||Heck, FC||Davis, DS||Adams, LG

publication date

  • January 1991