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Availability of real-time PCR for Canine Influenza Virus

January 2, 2006

The Lucy Whittier Molecular Diagnostic Core Facility at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is offering a fast molecular diagnostic assay to detect canine influenza virus.

Veterinarians can send deep pharyngeal swab samples taken within the first 72 hours of onset of clinical symptoms to be tested with a validated real-time PCR assay for the emerging canine influenza virus H3N8.

The real-time PCR assay is offered as part of a canine respiratory panel targeting a group of common infectious causes for kennel cough, including Bordetella bronchiseptica, canine adenovirus type 2, canine parainfluenza virus, canine herpesvirus and canine distemper virus. The fee for the entire panel is $75 per sample.

Turnaround time for a canine respiratory panel result is 24-48 hours. All samples will be quality controlled to ensure the availability of intact DNA and RNA for the PCR process. Negative results for pathogens are reported to veterinarians only when the internal quality requirements for nucleic acid integrity are met.

The Lucy Whittier Molecular and Diagnostic Core Facility, based at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, offers research and diagnostic services for quantitative DNA and RNA analysis. Facility personnel, with 15 years of PCR experience in the animal sector, provide a stringent and value-added diagnostic service for the veterinary community by combining state-of-the art laser-based and high-throughput equipment.

For sample submission forms, veterinarians may call (530) 752-7991 or download forms from the Web site,