Taiwan develops ASF rapid test kit

April 16, 2019

Excelsior Bio-System Inc (EBS), a Taiwanese biotechnology company, has announced that its rapid test kit for African swine fever (ASF) has been recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), making it the first such test provider in Asia. By detecting antibodies against the ASF virus protein p30, the test can diagnose in 10 minutes if a live hog has contracted ASF, even if the animal is still in the incubation period. The test does not have to be conducted in a laboratory and can be conveniently applied in various environments such as airports or farms. However, it works only with live animals, EBS said.