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New Equine Fever of Unknown Origin PCR Panel

Monday, July 22, 2019

The AHDC is now offering a new Equine Fever of Unknown Origin PCR Panel for a special fee of $160 to test for the nine most often requested infectious causes of fever of unknown origin in the horse.

Tests Included in the PCR PanelHorses grazing in a field.

  • Equine herpesvirus 1 and 4 PCRs
  • Equine adenovirus 1 and 2 PCRs
  • Equine rhinitis virus A and B PCRs
  • Influenza A virus (matrix) PCR
  • Equine arteritis virus PCR
  • Streptococcus equi PCR
  • Anaplasma phagocytophilum PCR
  • Potomac Horse Fever (Neorickettsia risticii) PCR
  • Beta Coronavirus (Equine Enteric Coronavirus) PCR

Three different specimens (respiratory sample, enteric sample, EDTA whole blood) are required to run this panel:

Test

Sample Required

Equine herpesvirus 1 and 4 PCRs
Equine adenovirus 1 and 2 PCRs
Equine rhinitis virus A and B PCRs
Influenza A virus (matrix) PCR
Equine arteritis virus PCR
Streptococcus equi PCR

Respiratory sample, submit one of the following:

  • Nasal swab*
  • Nasopharyngeal swab*
  • Oropharyngeal swab*
  • Nasopharyngeal wash*
  • Tracheal wash*
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid*
  • Lung tissue*

Anaplasma phagocytophilum PCR
Equine herpesvirus 1 and 4 PCRs
Potomac Horse Fever (Neorickettsia risticii) PCR

EDTA whole blood or spleen

Beta coronavirus (Equine Enteric Coronavirus) PCR

Feces or colon contents or colon

*Submit swabs in virus transport media OR in sterile vial with 2-3 drops sterile saline, (bacterial gel transport media is not appropriate for PCR).

Normal turnaround time is 2-3 days. When expedited testing is required, a single STAT fee of $70 is applied and covers STAT priority testing of all PCR assays on this panel.

Test Code: EFUOP

This panel is not a comprehensive list of etiologies of fever of unknown origin in the horse. For an extended list of diagnostic testing that might be applicable to equine fever of unknown origin cases, please see the Equine Fever of Unknown Origin Diagnostic Plan. Please contact Veterinary Support Services with any questions (607) 253-3900.

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