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

Horsepox PCR test
equine assay data sheet

Horsepox virus (HSPV)

Test code:
S0173 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of horsepox virus by real time polymerase chain reaction.

Horsepox is a disease caused by a poxvirus in the genus Orthopoxvirus, which also includes cowpox and vaccinia viruses. Horses of all ages can be infected with this virus. Infected horses develop typical pox lesions on the lower limbs or around the muzzle. Two main forms of classical horsepox disease are recognized: the buccal form and the ‘grease’ form. The buccal form is clinically more severe than the grease form because infected horses with the grease form may not be systemically ill.

The disease is often transmitted by direct contact with an infected host or with contaminated grooming equipment or other fomites. However, the virus may also gain access to the body via the respiratory tract. Upon infection, the virus may disseminate to skin and other target organs. The virus causes degenerative changes in the epithelium due to virus replication, resulting in the development of vesicular lesions.

Diagnosis of horsepox infection may be by the presentation of symptoms. Confirmation of the diagnosis was traditionally done using culture, but this method is slow. However, confirmation by PCR is rapid, specific and sensitive (Brum Mário et al, 2010).


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Distinguish between horsepox and other vesicular diseases
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of horsepox infection.
  • Help ensure that herds are free of horsepox
  • Early prevention of spread of this virus
  • Minimize personnel exposure to this virus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from horses

Brum Mário, C.S., dos Anjos Bruno, L., Nogueira Carlos, E.W., Amaral, L.A., Weiblen, R. and Flores, E.F. (2010) An Outbreak of Orthopoxvirus-Associated Disease in Horses in Southern Brazil. J. VET. Diagn. Invest. 22:143-147.

Specimen requirements: Lesion swab, or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube.

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 real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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