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III. Comparison of Two Complement-Fixation Methods

  • P. Boulanger
  • G. M. Ruckerbauer
  • G. L. Bannister
  • D. P. Gray
  • A. Girard
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1967


The complement-fixation test used at Onderstepoort was compared with the method used at A.D.R.I. on infected calf and sheep sera. In the first method, the tests are incubated at 37°C for 90 minutes and the test sera are inactivated at 53°C; whereas in the A.D.R.I. method, the test sera are inactivated at 60°C for 30 minutes, incubation is at 9°C for 18 hours, and guinea-pig complement is supplemented with 5 per cent fresh, non-inactivated, normal calf serum. Serial serum samples from one of six experimentally infected calves were negative in the Onderstepoort test, three calves gave only trace reactions and two showed maximum titres of 1:10 whereas all six had maximum serum titres of 1:10 to 1:80 in the A.D.R.I. test. A good correlation was obtained, however, between the results of the two methods with the sera of experimentally inoculated sheep although titres 3 to 8 times higher were obtained with the A.D.R.I.'s test. Post inoculation bleedings from each sheep reacted in both tests.

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