The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) now offers a new strangles testing panel to assist equine clients in the detection of strangles.
Earlier this year, TVMDL announced the addition of a multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This assay offers an improved method of detecting concurrent infection with Streptococcus equi subspecies equi (S. equi) and Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus (S. zoo). This assay provides fast identification and differentiation of these organisms.
Classically, strangles (S. equi) is detected by culturing clinical samples. Though this method is slower than PCR, it still serves a significant purpose depending on the client’s diagnostic goals.
Now, clients have the option of requesting a panel with both PCR and culture offerings to yield a more comprehensive set of results.
Streptococcus equi Multiplex Real-Time PCR and Bacterial Identification Panel
Test code: 1589.W
Multiple sample types can be submitted for this panel for testing by both PCR and culture. When submitting swabs, it is recommended to send duplicate swabs, one for PCR and a separate one for culture. Swabs submitted in bacterial transport media e.g., gel, Ames charcoal, etc. are not suitable for PCR testing due to inhibitory effects of the media. Clients are strongly encouraged to review the sample types and sampling requirements listed for this panel in the TVMDL test catalog along with shipping instructions prior to shipment.
For more information on TVMDL’s test offerings, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu. To learn more about this panel, call the College Station laboratory at 1.888.646.5623 or the Canyon laboratory at 1.888.646.5624.