Respiratory symptoms got you breathless? Try our equine respiratory PCR panel -- we test for 7 respiratory bacteria and viruses from 1 swab.

Neurological symptoms got you down? Try our equine neurological PCR panel -- we test for 5 neurological diseases from 1 CSF or tissue sample.

Diarrhea got you on the run? Try our equine GI / diarrhea PCR panel -- we test for 4 GI diseases from 1 fecal or swab sample.

Oh baby! Our equine breeding/abortion PCR panel tests for 5 diseases affecting breeding success from 1 swab or semen sample.

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For our international clients: Our DRY CARDS let you mail blood samples to Zoologix easily and cheaply from anywhere. Samples are small, light and stable at room temperature.

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Zoologix performs equine PCR tests for...

African horse sickness

Anaplasma phagocytophilum





Borna virus

Borrelia burgdorferi

Burkholderia mallei and pseudomallei

Clostridium difficile

Clostridium species

Contagious equine metritis (CEM)




Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)

E. coli O157:H7

E. coli panel

Equine adenoviruses

Equine arteritis virus (EAV)

Equine hepatitis virus

Equine herpesvirus
type 1

Equine herpesvirus
type 2

Equine herpesvirus
type 3

Equine herpesvirus
type 4

Equine herpesvirus
type 5

Equine infectious anemia (EIA)

Equine parvovirus

Equine piroplasmosis

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)





Horsepox virus

Influenza type A

Japanese encephalitis

Lawsonia intracellularis


Lyme disease


Neospora caninum

Neospora hughesi


Potomac horse fever


Rhodococcus equi


Sarcocystis neurona

St. Louis encephalitis

Strangles (Strep equi)

Streptococcus pneumoniae




Taylorella equigenitalis

Theileria equi

Toxoplasma gondii


Trypanosoma equiperdum

Trypanosoma evansi

Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE)

Vesicular stomatitis

West Nile virus (WNV)

Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE)

Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Genetic tests for...

Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis

Coronavirus PCR test

equine assay data sheet


Test code:
S0140 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of various coronaviruses by reverse transcription coupled real time PCR. This assay detects but does not differentiate equine coronaviruses and coronaviruses of several other animal species.


Coronaviruses are RNA viruses that mutate quickly to adapt to different environments.  This significantly increases their potential for interspecies transmission. SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is an example of zoonotic infection of humans by a group 2b coronavirus.

Coronaviruses have now been recognized as important pathogens in several captive or wild ruminant species in the United States (Alekseev et al., 2008), including white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), elk (Cervus elephus), sambar deer (Cervus unicolor) and waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus). In addition, some caribou (Rangifer tarandus), musk oxen (Ovibus moschatus) and sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekei) have been found to be seropositive for coronavirus.

Coronavirus infection can result in clinically mild-to-severe and sometimes bloody diarrhea. Similarly, coronaviruses have also been shown to cause diarrhea in many ruminants, including cattle, horses, deer and antelopes. In cattle, coronavirus infection can also cause respiratory symptoms.

Serological detection of coronaviruses has low sensitivity and is not very specific. However, PCR detection of coronaviruses can provide rapid, specific and sensitive determination of the presence of the virus.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Help ensure that animal groups and populations are free of coronaviruses
  • Early prevention of spread of these viruses among a population
  • Minimize human exposure to the virus

Alekseev, K.P., Vlasova, A.N., Jung, K., Hasoksuz, M., Zhang, X., Halpin, R., Wang, S., Ghedin, E., Spiro, D. and Saif, L.J. (2008) Bovine-like coronaviruses isolated from four species of captive wild ruminants are homologous to bovine coronaviruses, based on complete genomic sequences. J Virol. 82:12422-12431.

Specimen requirements:  0.2 ml feces, or fecal swab, or nasopharyngeal swab

Contact Zoologix if advice is needed to determine an appropriate specimen type for a specific diagnostic application. For specimen types not listed here, please contact Zoologix 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 reverse transcription coupled real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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