Diagnostic Section: 
Molecular Diagnostics
Shipping Requirements: 
Ship overnight in an insulated container, with ice packs
Test Fee: 
Setup Days: 
Turn Around Time: 
1-2 days, STAT request: Same day if specimen is received by 10:00am; after 10:00am, results in 24 hours.**
Specimen Requirements: 

Deep nasal swab, lung

Collection Protocol: 

Collect nasal swabs into dry sterile tubes (synthetic swab - avoid wooden or paper shafts). NO Q-TIPS. Tubes should not contain anticoagulant or gel; plain red-top vacutainer tubes work well. Place transtracheal wash or tissue into sterile, leak-proof containers. Keep specimens refrigerated. NOTE: If culture is desired, submit a duplicate swab in the appropriate bacterial transport media.

Additional Information: 

**Fee is $38.50 each for the first 3 tests. If 4 or more tests are submitted from the same herd at the same time, all tests are $34.75 each.

*A STAT fee of $31.50 will be added for STAT requests

Specimens are screened for the Influenza Matrix protein gene.  The matrix gene is found in all Influenza Type A viruses. This test has been demonstrated to detect Avian, Canine, Equine and Swine Influenza Type A viruses including, H5N1, H3N8, H3N2 and H1N1.  Result is for the matrix gene only, indicating whether or not an Influenza Type A virus is detected in the specimen. Subtyping assays (H1, H3, N1, N2) may be requested, but have not been validated for canine specimens. A fee of $35.75 is added for subtyping of matrix gene positive specimens.