The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) is pleased to announce the addition of a new Mycoplasma hemofelis qPCR test to our test catalog.
Feline hemotropic Mycoplasma spp. can cause severe anemia in cats and are predominantly spread by fleas. There are three species known to infect cats: Mycoplasma hemofelis (previously known as Hemobartonella felis), Mycoplasma hemominutum, and Mycoplasma turicensis. Of these three, Mycoplasma hemofelis (M. hemofelis) is the most common and most pathogenic.
In a collaborative effort between Clinical Pathology Section Head at the College Station laboratory Julie Piccione, DVM, MS, DACVP, Alesia Reinisch, PhD, molecular diagnostics scientist at TVMDL Amarillo, and Dru Legare, PhD, molecular diagnostics scientist at TVMDL College Station, a new qPCR test was validated. This test allows for the rapid detection of M.hemofelis in whole blood samples. Although this new test is specific for the detection of M. hemofelis, a complete blood count (CBC) with a pathologist review is always recommended to rule out other blood-borne pathogens and hematologic abnormalities.
With the addition of this test to our catalog, TVMDL will no longer need to refer these test requests to another laboratory thereby providing faster service to our clients.
Test: Mycoplasma hemofelis qPCR
Sample Type: 1-2mL EDTA whole blood
Turnaround: Testing is performed at the College Station laboratory Tuesday-Friday and at the Amarillo laboratory Monday-Friday. Results are reported in 1-4 business days.
To learn more about TVMDL’s test catalog, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu or call 1.888.646.5623 for the College Station laboratory or 1.888.646.5624 for the Amarillo laboratory.