Diagnostic Section: 
Shipping Requirements: 
Ship overnight or 2-day in an insulated container, with ice packs
Test Fee: 
Setup Days: 
Turn Around Time: 
2-3 days
Specimen Requirements: 

Swabs in transport media, fluid or abscess material in sterile tubes, tissues in individual sterile bags

Collection Protocol: 

Aseptically obtained specimen. Abscess material or swab best obtained from close to interior wall of abscess with bloody material to increase likelihood of obtaining live organisms. Nasal swabs or wash; gutteral pouch endoscopic lavage or swab. 

Additional Information: 

This test is recommended to confirm live organisms in a PCR positive animal, for screening when introducing a new animal or for outbreak control monitoring. If other organisms, including other steptococci, are suspected, a routine Aerobic or Anaerobic culture must be requested. Sensitivities are not performed on this test. Strep equi ssp. equi remains sensitive to penicillin and it is the drug-of-choice.