The diagnosis of footrot in sheep and goats is not an easy task. Two main techniques are used for diagnosis - inspection of diseased feet on a farm and laboratory testing of bacteria isolated from foot scrapings. The interpretation of the results obtained by these methods requires a good understanding of the various forms of footrot.
A new laboratory technique has halved the time taken to detect those strains of the bacterium, Bacteroides (Dichelobacter) nodosus, that cause each form of the disease.
Depiazzi, Laurie; Palmer, Mike; and Pitman, David
"New technique joins the fight against footrot,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 32
, Article 8.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol32/iss2/8