B0003 - Qualitative detection of
Chlamydia pneumoniae by polymerase chain reaction.
species can cause pneumonia:
Chlamydia trachomatis. All are small, gram-negative,
obligate intracellular bacteria.
C. pneumoniae can
cause mild pneumonia or bronchitis in adolescents and young
adults. Older adults may experience more severe disease and
repeated infections. Recent research has shown
that C. pneumoniae can
infect other animals besides humans (Pospisil and Canderle,
2004). C. pneumoniae has been isolated from
horses, koalas affected by ocular and genital infections,
Australian and African frogs, from a Tanzanian chameleon,
a green sea turtle in the Cayman Islands, an iguana, puff adders
and a Burmese python. All of the
infected animals had developed symptoms similar to those of
Culture detection of C.
pneumonia is difficult because it is an intracellular
bacterium. However, PCR is a highly specific and sensitive
detection method, and is often preferred for clinical diagnosis
of this organism.
Help confirm the disease causing agent
Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical
diagnosis of C.
Help ensure that animal populations are free of
Early prevention of spread of
Minimize personnel exposure to
Safety monitoring of biological products that derive
from susceptible animals
Pospisil, L. and Canderle, J. (2004)
pneumoniae in animals: a review.
Vet. Med. – Czech, 49: 129–134
0.2 ml whole
blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube, or 0.2 ml
serum or sputum, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed tissue, or
nasopharyngeal swab or bronchial lavage.
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specimen types, if there will be a delay in shipping, or during
very warm weather, refrigerate specimens until shipped and ship
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frozen in transit. See shipping
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