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Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae

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Akabane virus

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Anaplasma phagocytophilum

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Blood typing for swine

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Bordetella avium

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Brachyspira pilosicoli

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Campylobacter      

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Chlamydophila psittaci

Classical swine fever

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Coxiella burnetii

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Edwardsiella

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Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus (JSRV)

Japanese encephalitis

Jena virus

Johne's disease

Leptospira

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Mites

Mycobacterium avium and other Mycobacteria

Mycoplasma

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Nipah virus

Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale

Ovine herpesvirus 2

Pacheco's disease (psittacid herpesviruses)

Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV)

Pigeon circovirus

Plasmodium species

Porcine adenovirus

Porcine circovirus 1

Porcine circovirus 2

Porcine cytomegalovirus

Porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV)

Porcine enterovirus

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus

Porcine hemagglutinating encephalomyelitis

Porcine lymphotropic herpesvirus

Porcine parvovirus

Porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus

Porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV)

Porcine transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV)

Poultry respiratory panel

Pseudocowpox

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Psittacine beak and feather disease

Psittacine herpes

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Rift Valley fever virus

Rinderpest virus

Salmonella

Staphylococcus xylosus

St. Louis encephalitis

Streptococcus

Swinepox

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Teschovirus (Teschen-Talfan disease)

Tickborne encephalitis virus

Trichomonas/
Tritrichomonas

Vaccinia

Vesicular exanthema of swine

Vesicular stomatitis

Wesselsbron virus

West Nile virus

Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

...and more -- see the avian & livestock test menu for a complete listing of avian and livestock assays.

Mites PCR test
avian & livestock assay data sheet

Mites

Test code: S0130 - Ultrasensitive detection of mites by real time PCR. Assay detects most common mite species.

Mites and ticks are small arthropods belonging to the subclass Acari (also known as Acarina), in class Arachnida. Both mites and ticks pass through four stages of development: egg to larva to nymph to adult. All stages have eight legs except the six-legged larva.

Some mites parasitize animals, including man; others are scavengers. Some mites feed on plants, and many prey on insects and other arthropods. In fact, there are nearly as many different types of mites as there are insects.

Rodent and bird mites may bite people when they jump onto people. Three types of rodent mites readily bite humans: the house mouse mite (Liponyssoides saguineus), spiny rat mite (Laelaps echidnina) and tropical rat mite (Ornithonyssus bacoti).

Mites that normally infest birds can also bite people. The northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) and chicken mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) primarily infest chickens and other poultry but they are also common on many song birds. Mite eggs are laid in nests or on feathers. Hatching occurs in two to three days and adults are seen about five days later if birds are present. The northern fowl mite usually can survive up to two weeks without a bird blood meal. The chicken mite usually hides in cracks and crevices near bird nests during the day and feeds on the birds by night. Cheyletiella mites infest both birds and mammals and they may prey on other mites and insects living on the host’s skin. Bites by Cheyletiella can cause a mange-like condition in pets, and itching in people who handle infested pets. Fortunately, these mites do not stay long on humans.

Diagnosis of mite infection can be achieved by microscopic examination of collected samples. However, molecular detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is increasingly being used to detect the presence of mites in samples (Karlsson et al., 2014).

Utilities:

  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Help identify mite carriers
  • Help ensure that animal or bird groups are free of mites
  • Early prevention of spread of mites in a facility
  • Minimize human exposure to mites

References:
Karlsson, E.M., Pearson, L.M., Kuzma, K.M and Burkholder, T.H. (2014) Combined evaluation of commonly used techniques, including PCR, for diagnosis of mouse fur mites. J. Am. Assoc. Lab. Anim. Sci. 53:69-73.

Specimen requirements: Dust swab, or environmental surface swab or swipe pad, or feather swab, or fur swab.

For specimen types other than those listed here, please call to confirm specimen acceptability and shipping instructions.

For all specimen types, if there will be a delay in shipping, or during very warm weather, refrigerate specimens until shipped and ship with a cold pack unless more stringent shipping requirements are specified. Frozen specimens should be shipped so as to remain frozen in transit. See shipping instructions for more information.

Turnaround time: 2 business days

Methodology: Qualitative real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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