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Equine Respiratory PCR Panel now available at the AHDC

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The Cornell AHDC offers a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Equine Respiratory Panel to aid veterinarians in rapidly identifying the presence of common disease agents in horses with acute respiratory illness. The ability to quickly and accurately test for these comprehensive groups of pathogens from a single set of samples is a valuable tool for acute respiratory disease diagnosis and management. The panel also aids in understanding the clinical manifestations of several common virus infections for which disease association is not yet well understood.

The pathogens detected in the Equine Respiratory Panel include equine adenovirus 1 and 2, equine arteritis virus, equine rhinitis virus A and B, equine herpesvirus (EHV) types 1 and 4, equine influenza virus (all A subtypes), and Streptococcus equi. The AHDC also offers rapid genotyping for the EHV-1 ORF30 polymorphism associated with neurologic disease as an add-on to either the Equine Respiratory Panel or the EHV-1 PCR. Please specify on the submission form or contact the lab if you would like this test (EHVN) to be run if samples are EHV-1 positive.

Collection of swab samples early, generally within 3 days of clinical onset, will provide a better chance to identify the presence of respiratory pathogens. The turnaround time is 3-5 days, but STAT testing is available for an additional cost and results can be reported in as little as 3-5 hours. A deep nasal swab is the preferred sampling method. Cotton, plastic, wood-handled, Dacron, and other synthetic swabs are all acceptable. Tracheal washes can also be tested and EDTA blood can be submitted for EHV 1 and 4 and will be tested for these viruses individually.

The fee is $115; all tests are also available individually at a cost of $36.75 per assay.

The AHDC also now offers a Canine Respiratory PCR Panel which tests for coronavirus (betacoronavirus), canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus, canine parainfluenza virus, canine pneumovirus, canine influenza virus (all A subtypes), Bordetella bronchiseptica, and Mycoplasma cynos. The cost for this panel is $115; all tests are also available individually at a cost of $36.75 per assay.