As of June 15, 2011, the Serology/Immunology laboratory at the AHDC offers a new assay for the detection of antibodies to B. burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. The new assay (Lyme multiplex assay) is available for testing samples from dogs and horses.
The Lyme multiplex assay combines the advantages of the previous ELISA and Western blot testing. It is a fully quantitative assay that simultaneously detects antibodies to different specific antigens of B. burgdorferi as indicators of acute or chronic infection. The assay also distinguishes between antibodies induced by infection with the spirochetes or vaccination against Lyme disease.
Both serum and/or cerebrospinal fluid samples can be submitted for multiplex testing using the regular AHDC sample submission form. The fee for the Lyme multiplex assay is $36. Further information can be obtained on the AHDC website (http://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu) or you can call (607-253-3900).
Additional information for horses
Additional information for dogs
Better Test for Lyme Disease in Pets - Inside Science Television
This video from Inside Science Television illustrates the new AHDC test for Lyme disease in horses and dogs. The test can better determine the stage of infection, and increase the effectiveness of treatment.