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Zoologix performs canine and feline PCR tests for...

Anaplasma phagocytophilum

Anaplasma platys

Aspergillus species

Aspergillus fumigatus

Babesia

Bartonella

Baylisascaris procyonis

Bordetella bronchiseptica

Borrelia burgdorferi

Brucella

Campylobacter

Canine adenovirus type 1

Canine adenovirus type 2

Canine enteric coronavirus (CCV1)

Canine distemper

Canine herpesvirus

Canine papillomavirus

Canine parainfluenza virus

Canine parvovirus

Canine respiratory coronavirus (CCV2)

Chagas disease

Chikungunya virus

Chlamydophila psittaci

Clostridium species

Coccidia

Cryptococcus

Cryptosporidium

Cytauxzoon felis

E. coli

Ehrlichia

Fading kitten syndrome

Feline calicivirus

Feline distemper

Feline enteric coronavirus

Feline foamy virus

Feline herpesvirus type 1

Feline immunodeficiency virus

Feline infectious anemia

Feline infectious peritonitis

Feline leukemia

Feline panleukopenia

Feline papillomavirus

Feline pneunomitis

Feline rhinotracheitis virus

Feline sarcoma virus

Feline syncytial virus

Francisella tularensis

Giardia

Group G strep

Haemobartonella canis

Haemobartonella felis

Helicobacter

Influenza

Lawsonia intracellularis

Leishmania

Leptospira

Lyme disease

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus)

Mycoplasma canis

Mycoplasma felis

Mycoplasma haemocanis

Mycoplasma haemofelis

Neospora caninum

Pasteurella multocida

Pneumocystis carinii

Rabies

Reovirus screen

Rickettsia screen

Salmonella

Sarcocystis neurona

Streptococcus, Group G

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Streptococcus pyogenes

Streptococcus zooepidemicus

Toxoplasma gondii

Trichomonas/
Tritrichomonas

Trypanosoma cruzi

Tularemia

West Nile virus

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis


Aspergillus fumigatus PCR test for dogs and cats

dog and cat assay data sheet

Aspergillus fumigatus

Test code:
F0001 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Aspergillus fumigatus fungus by real time polymerase chain reaction. This assay is specific for Aspergillus fumigatus and does not detect other common Aspergillus species.

 

The genus Aspergillus includes several related fungi which cause aspergillosis. One that is common in the environment is Aspergillus fumigatus. This fungus produces airborne spores which can spread to a wide area especially during dry windy weather. Spores can enter and develop in the respiratory system, lungs, eyes, and ears. “Sick Building Syndrome” is a condition caused by continuous fungal growth in areas of buildings and ventilation systems. Growth leads to the release of more spores. This can potentially lead to large scale respiratory infections and distress associated with aspergillosis.

Symptoms of aspergillosis are caused by endotoxins produced by the fungus. Aspergillosis can be fatal, especially in immunodeficient individuals.

Human and many animal species such as birds, dogs, cats, horses and primates can be infected with this fungus by inhalation of spores from contaminated feed, fecal material, and soil. Healthy unstressed animals are generally resistant to even high levels of spores. However, young and old animals, those on antibiotics, and those whose immune systems are suppressed by surgery, reproduction, environmental changes, capture, or shipping may become infected. Human patients with AIDS, cancer or other immunosuppressive diseases are often victims of this fungal infection.

Since many animals have had prior exposure to this fungus, serological testing is not useful or reliable. Culture identification is labor intensive and cultures are frequently contaminated with other fungi. Molecular detection by PCR can provide quick, sensitive and specific detection of the fungus in a variety of specimen types (Buess et al., 2012).

Utilities:

  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Aspergillus fumigatus infection.
  • Help ensure that animal groups are free of this fungus
  • Early prevention of spread of this fungus
  • Minimize human exposure to this fungus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from susceptible animals

References:
Buess, M., Cathomas, G., Halter, J., Junker, L., Grendelmeier, P., Tamm, M. and Stolz, D. (2012) Aspergillus-PCR in bronchoalveolar lavage for detection of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients. BMC Infectious Diseases 12: 237-244.

Specimen requirements: Throat or respiratory swab, or 0.2 ml water, or fungal culture, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed tissue, or environmental surface swab.

For specimen types other than those listed here, please call 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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