Wed, 29 Jan 2014
US - The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo now offers a polymerase chair reaction (PCR) test for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV).
The PEDV PCR allows TVMDL diagnosticians to detect the virus from feces or intestine specimens. The test cost is $25 in state and $30 for out-of-state testing, and the test is now available to order through the Amarillo lab. Visit tvmdl.tamu.edu for more information.
Although it is endemic in many countries, the virus was only recently identified in the United States in May 2013. According to the National Pork Board, the virus has killed between one and four million pigs in the US and has spread to more than 20 states across the country.
The virus, spread by fecal matter, can be transmitted by pigs as well as by inanimate objects such as boots, clothing and trucks. The test, developed at TVMDL, provides a much-needed service to the swine industry as they work to protect their herds from the virus.
Development of this assay shows TVMDL's responsiveness to industry and US livestock concerns. With the integration of this test, the laboratory can stay at the forefront of emerging disease detection.
In case of any questions regarding this test, please contact the laboratory at 979-845-3414 or toll free at 1-888-646-5623.
Find out more information on PED by clicking here.