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Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae

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Blood typing for swine

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Fusobacterium necrophorum

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Mycobacterium avium and other Mycobacteria

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Poultry respiratory panel



Psittacine beak and feather disease

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Rift Valley fever virus

Rinderpest virus

RyR1 R615C mutation in pigs


Staphylococcus xylosus

St. Louis encephalitis


Swine malignant hyperthermia


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Teschovirus (Teschen-Talfan disease)

Tickborne encephalitis virus



Valley fever

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.

Anaplasma phagocytophilum PCR test

avian & livestock assay data sheet

Anaplasma phagocytophilum

Test code:
B0101 - Ultrasensitive detection of Anaplasma phagocytophilum (formerly Ehrlichia phagocytophilum) by real time PCR


Anaplasma phagocytophilum is a gram-negative bacterium formerly known as Ehrlichia phagocytophilum. It causes anaplasmosis in sheep and cattle, also known as tick-borne fever and pasture fever respectively. The bacteria tend to attack neutrophils and when they infect humans, they can cause human granulocytic anaplasmosis.

The bacteria are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick. The black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) is the vector of A. phagocytophilum in the northeastern and upper midwestern United States. The western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus) is the primary vector in Northern California.

When humans are infected, it may take one to two weeks before symptoms develop. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, skin rash (in rare occasions), leukopenia, thrombocytopenia and mild injury to the liver.

When animals are infected with these bacteria, they may develop lethargy, ataxia, inappetence, and weak or painful limbs, but the most severe changes are anemia and leukopenia. The infection is often confused with Lyme disease, another tick-borne illness.

Serological detection of these bacteria can take some time to reach a definitive diagnosis. Molecular detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a highly specific and sensitive way to detect the presence of these bacteria, and should be considered as an alternative to the serological method (Kirtz et al., 2005).


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Anaplasma infection
  • Help ensure that herds are free of Anaplasma
  • Early prevention of spread of Anaplasma among animals
  • Minimize human exposure to Anaplasma
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from susceptible animals.

Kirtz, G., Meli, M., Leidinger, E., Ludwig, P., Thum, D., Czettel, B., Kölbl, S. and Lutz, H. (2005) Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection in a dog: identifying the causative agent using PCR. J. Small Anim. Pract. 46:300-303.

Specimen requirement: 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed tissue.

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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