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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.

Vaccinia virus PCR test
avian & livestock assay data sheet

Vaccinia virus

Test code: S0153
- Ultrasensitive detection of vaccinia virus by real time PCR

Vaccinia virus is a large, complex, enveloped virus belonging to the Poxvirus family. The virus contains a large, linear, double-stranded DNA genome with size close to 190 kb in length, which may encode for more than 250 genes. Members of the Poxvirus family are unique because they replicate only in the cytoplasmic region of the host cell and not in the nuclear region. Thus, the viral genome must be large enough to code for various proteins needed for viral DNA replication and gene transcription.

People infected with vaccinia virus usually develop very mild or subclinical symptoms. A few infected people may develop mild rash and fever. Immune responses generated from vaccinia infection can protect the infected person against subsequent smallpox infection due to the high degree of similarity between the two viruses. Vaccinia virus is often used as a live-virus vaccine against smallpox. However, certain complications and/or vaccine adverse effects occasionally arise from the use of this vaccine, especially in people whose immune systems are compromised.

Detection of vaccinia virus can be achieved by the shell vial culture method, but that method requires a lengthy incubation period and is not very sensitive. However, molecular detection by PCR is highly sensitive, specific and rapid (Fedorko et al., 2005).


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Identify vaccinia virus carriers
  • Screen research materials for the presence of vaccinia virus
  • Help ensure that animal groups are free of vaccinia virus
  • 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

Fedorko, D.P., Preuss, J.C., Fahle, G.A., Li L, Fischer, S.H., Hohman, P. and Cohen, J.I. (2005) Comparison of methods for detection of vaccinia virus in patient specimens. J. Clin. Microbiol. 43:4602–4606.

Specimen requirements: 0.2 ml cell culture, or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube, or lesion swab, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or preserved 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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