Avian, Camelid, Equine, Mosquito
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 tissues / blood overnight with cold packs in an insulated container. Ship frozen mosquitoes with dry ice. Use shipping boxes provided for 2 ml tubes. Contact lab if you need boxes. Ship Monday-Thursday only. Submit specimens in sealed leak-proof 2 ml tubes labeled with barcodes, if available.
Specimen Requirements: 

Mammals: fresh brain/spinal cord. Avian: EDTA whole blood, 1g fresh tissue (liver, spleen, kidney, bone marrow, brain, heart), oral swabs (preferably applied to an FTA card).

Collection Protocol: 

Lesions should be identified and excised from fresh brain/spinal cord by a pathologist. Avian: note that oral swabs are not appropriate for all bird species such as raptors. Oral swabs are recommended for corvidae only (i.e., ravens, crows, jays).

Additional Information: 

Detection of Western Equine Encephalitis virus 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.