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The Neospora test identifies Neospora caninum, a protozoal (Apicomplexan) parasite that is thought to be a leading cause of abortion and neonatal morbidity in dairy cattle.
Since there is no known drug to cure a cow of Neospora, parasite control is based on culling positive animals, preventing entry of infected replacements into the herd, and preventing likely routes of horizontal infection. Since clinical signs of illness due to Neospora are undetectable, testing for the parasite is the only means of identification.