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Staphylococcus xylosus

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Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV) PCR test
avian & livestock assay data sheet

Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV)

Test code: S0200 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV) by reverse transcription coupled real time PCR.

Peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as 'goat plague’, is a viral disease of goats and sheep. It is caused by a morbillivirus in the paramyxovirus family, related to the rinderpest, measles and canine distemper viruses. Infected animals develop fever, sores in the mouth, diarrhea and pneumonia; the disease is sometimes fatal. Cattle and several species of wild ruminants have been infected experimentally, but goats and sheep are the usual targets.

Infected animals can secrete the virus in eye and nasal discharge, secretions from coughing, and feces. Close contact between animals result in inhalation of fine droplets that are released into the air when the infected animals cough and sneeze. Water, feed troughs and bedding can also be contaminated with secretions and become additional sources of infection. Since animals can shed the virus before showing symptoms, it can be difficult to control the disease unless proactive testing is done.

Culture detection of this virus is slow, and serological methods for diagnosing this virus can produce false positive results due to cross-reactivity with antibodies of other closely related viruses. Molecular detection by PCR is rapid, highly sensitive and specific (Sharawi et al., 2010).


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Identify PPRV carriers
  • Screen research materials for the presence of PPRV
  • Help ensure that animal groups are free of PPRV
  • Early prevention of spread of the virus among animals
  • Minimize human exposure to the virus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from susceptible animals

Sharawi, S.S., Yousef, M.R., Al-Hofufy, A.N. and Al-Blowi, M.H. (2010) Isolation, serological and real time PCR diagnosis of Peste des petites ruminants virus in naturally exposed Arabian gazelle in Saudi Arabia.
Vet. World 3:489-494.

Specimen requirements: Nasal swabs, or environmental swabs, or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube, or 0.2 ml feces, or 0.2 ml culture.

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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