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Zoologix performs avian and livestock PCR tests for...

Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae

African swine fever

Akabane virus

Alcelaphine herpesvirus

AMPKγ3R200Q mutation in pigs

Anaplasma phagocytophilum

Aspergillus fumigatus

Aspergillus species


Avian adenovirus

Avian herpes

Avian influenza

Avian polyomavirus

Avian reovirus

Baylisascaris procyonis

Blood typing for swine

Bluetongue virus

Bordetella avium

Borna virus

Bovine adenovirus

Bovine endogenous retrovirus

Bovine enterovirus

Bovine ephemeral fever virus

Bovine herpesvirus 1

Bovine herpesvirus 2

Bovine herpesvirus 4

Bovine leukemia virus

Bovine papillomavirus

Bovine papular stomatitis virus

Bovine parvovirus

Bovine polyomavirus

Bovine respiratory syncytial virus

Bovine rhinoviruses

Bovine viral diarrhea

Brachyspira pilosicoli


Cache Valley virus




Caprine arthritis-encephalitis (CAE) virus

Chlamydophila psittaci

Classical swine fever






Coxiella burnetii



E. coli O157:h7



Enteric E. coli panel

Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae

Foot and mouth disease


Fusobacterium necrophorum

Hepatitis E

Herpes, avian


Infectious bronchitis

Infectious bursal disease

Infectious coryza

Infectious laryngotracheitis


Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus (JSRV)

Japanese encephalitis

Jena virus

Johne's disease


Lumpy skin disease virus


Malignant catarrhal fever (MCF)

Malignant hyperthermia in pigs


Mycobacterium avium and other Mycobacteria

Mycoplasma species

Mycoplasma suis

Newcastle disease virus

Nipah virus

Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale

Ovine herpesvirus 2

Pacheco's disease (psittacid herpesviruses)

Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV)

Pigeon circovirus

Plasmodium species

Porcine adenovirus

Porcine circovirus 1

Porcine circovirus 2

Porcine cytomegalovirus

Porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV)

Porcine enterovirus

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus

Porcine hemagglutinating encephalomyelitis

Porcine lymphotropic herpesvirus

Porcine parvovirus

Porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus

Porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV)

Porcine transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV)

Poultry respiratory panel



Psittacine beak and feather disease

Psittacine herpes

Q fever



Rift Valley fever virus

Rinderpest virus

RyR1 R615C mutation in pigs


Staphylococcus xylosus

St. Louis encephalitis


Swine malignant hyperthermia


Swine vesicular disease

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.

Porcine circovirus type 2 PCR test

avian & livestock assay data sheet

Porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2)

Test code:
S0149 - Ultrasensitive detection of porcine circovirus type 2 by real time PCR


Porcine circoviruses (PCVs) are small, non-enveloped viruses with a single-stranded, closed-circular DNA. They belong to the genus Circovirus of the family Circoviridae. Two are known, PCV1 and PCV2.

Porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1) can be detected in swine populations, but unlike PCV2 it is not associated with any clinical disease.

PCV2 is the major cause of postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS). It is also found in association with numerous other conditions. These conditions include porcine dermatitis and nephropathy syndrome (PDNS), porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC), congenital tremors (CT) type AII, reproductive failure and enteritis.

PCV2 can be detected in virtually every swine herd. The most common presentation of PCV2-associated disease is pneumonia. However, the underlying cause of PCV2-associated disease may be other pathogenic infections, such as porcine parvovirus (PPV) or porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). Thus, differentiating PCV2 infection from other viral infections is important in order to design an effective treatment plan.

Pigs infected with PCV2 may develop no symptoms, but they can carry and shed the virus (Larochelle et al., 2000). Serology testing is insufficient to identify these carriers, since many pigs in a herd may have been exposed to the virus. Molecular detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a rapid, sensitive and specific method for identifying these infected pigs.  In addition, PCV1 and PCV2 are antigenically very similar and differentiation of the two viruses by serological testing is difficult. These two viruses, however, can be differentiated by PCR.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Identify PCV2 carriers
  • Help ensure that animal colonies and populations are free of PCV2
  • Early prevention of spread of the virus among animals
  • Minimize human exposure to the virus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from animals

Larochelle, R., Bielanski, A., Müller, P. and Magar, R. (2000) PCR Detection and Evidence of Shedding of Porcine Circovirus Type 2 in Boar Semen. J. Clin. Microbiol. 38: 4629–4632.

Specimen requirements: 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube, or 0.2 ml saliva, or oral swab, 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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