Diagnostic Section: 
Molecular Diagnostics
Test Fee: 
Setup Days: 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Turn Around Time: 
2-4 days
Shipping Requirements: 
Label all samples. Ship overnight with cold packs in an insulated container. Ship Monday-Thursday only. Submit specimens in sealed leak-proof containers.
Specimen Requirements: 

One or more of the following: Deep nasal swab, tracheal or pharyngeal swab, transtracheal wash, BAL, gutteral pouch washing, nasal secretion, fresh lung, bacterial isolate, abscess swab.

Collection Protocol: 

Moist swabs are preferred; place in a sterile, leak-proof container (e.g. red top tube) with a few drops of saline or viral transport media. Do not submit swabs in tubes containing gel, Amies media or media containing charcoal. Cotton swabs on wooden shafts are not suitable for PCR testing. Submit synthetic swabs on plastic or wire shafts.

Additional Information: 

Detection of Streptococcus equi ssp. equi, the causative agent of Strangles, by real time PCR. Test is available as STAT if requested, for an additional fee. Same day results provided for STAT specimens submitted before 10:00 a.m. Results for STAT specimens submitted after 10:00 a.m. receive priority status and are reported as soon as they are available, at least by the following business day. Test also available as part of the Equine Respiratory PCR Panel.