Distribution of serum titers obtained with TA-ELISA in four distinct sheep populations: - green curve: 1195 sheep from the M. agalactiaeinfection-free population from the Tarn department; - red curve: 604 sheep from theM. agalactiaeinfection-free population from the Béarn region;- blue curve: 609 ewes that shedM. agalactiaein at least one out of four successive individual milk analyses 5, 4, 3 and 1.5 months prior to blood sampling for serological testing; - black curve: 783 ewes from six infected flocks from the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department that tested positive with P48-ELISA. Titer distribution is expressed as the percentage of animals from a given population falling into in each titer category. The manufacturer’s suggested cut-off point is represented by the purple broken line. The shaded area corresponds to a +/−20% confidence interval on a single measurement. The maximum titer frequencies for the Tarn and Béarn populations were respectively at 0.5 (32% of the population) and at 0.4 (25% of the population).
Poumarat et al. BMC Veterinary Research 2012 8:109 doi:10.1186/1746-6148-8-109