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African green monkey endogenous virus


B virus


Baboon endogenous virus

Baylisascaris procyonis

Borrelia burgdorferi



Chagas' disease

Chikungunya virus

Chlamydia pneumoniae

Chlamydophila trachomatis



Cronobacter sakazakii


Cytomegalovirus, baboon

Cytomegalovirus, chimpanzee

Cytomegalovirus, human

Cytomegalovirus, macaque

Cytomegalovirus, simian


E. coli O157:H7

E. coli panel

Encephalitis, Japanese

Encephalitis, St. Louis

Encephalomyocarditis (EMCV)

Entamoeba species


Epstein-Barr virus


Gibbon ape leukemia


Hepatitis A virus

Hepatitis B virus

Hepatitis C virus

Herpes ateles

Herpes B virus

Herpes simplex type 1

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Herpesvirus ateles

Herpesvirus papio 1 & 2

Herpesvirus saimiri

Human adenoviruses

Human herpesviruses types 6, 7 & 8

Human immunodeficiency virus types 1 & 2

Human T cell lymphotropic virus

Human Varicella-Zoster



Lawsonia intracellularis



Lyme disease







Neisseria gonorhoeae

Neisseria meningitidis



Plasmodium species

Reovirus screen

Rhesus rhadinovirus



Shigella and enteroinvasive E. coli

Simian agent 6 (SA6)

Simian agent 8 (SA8)

Simian foamy virus (SFV)

Simian hemorrhagic fever (SHFV)

Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)

Simian parainfluenza virus

Simian retrovirus (SRV)

Simian sarcoma virus

Simian T-cell leukemia (STLV) types 1 & 2

Simian T-cell leukemia (STLV) type 3

Simian Varicella-Zoster

Squirrel monkey retrovirus

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Streptococcus pyogenes



Toxoplasma gondii

Treponema pallidum


Trypanosoma cruzi



Valley fever

West Nile virus (WNV)

Yellow fever

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Zika virus

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Genetic tests for...

A/B/AB blood type in macaques

Cynomolgus genotyping

Fetal sexing

Mamu-6 in macaques

Mamu-7 in macaques

CYP2C76 c.449TG>A
in macaques

Mu opioid receptor
in macaques

in sooty mangabeys

...and more - contact Zoologix with your genetic testing requirements

Giardia PCR test for primates
primate assay data sheet


Test code:
X0017 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Giardia by real time polymerase chain reaction

Test X0017 is included in P0041 - waterborne pathogens screening panel

Giardia is a parasitic protozoan commonly found in the intestines of many animals, including cats, dogs, birds, horses, primates and other wildlife. This microscopic parasite clings to the surface of the intestine or floats free in the mucous lining the intestine. Some animals will carry Giardia organisms but appear healthy with no signs of disease. These carriers have a high potential for spreading the parasite. Infected animals can develop diarrhea, bloody or mucous stool, often accompanied by gas production. Infected young animals are especially likely to show these symptoms, and their health can be significantly affected. Previously low grade Giardia infestations can flare up into significant disease in animals of any age that are malnourished, stressed or undergoing strenuous physical activity.

Giardia infection in pets may result in infection of humans with whom they are in close contact. Clinical signs in humans are similar to those reported for other animals. Immunocompromised individuals such as AIDS or cancer patients are especially susceptible to infection. It is thus important to routinely screen these patients’ pets for Giardia.

Traditionally, fecal samples were examined for Giardia cysts under the microscope. This method is simple but its sensitivity is very low, leading to many false negative results. Even special staining and stringent specimen handling requirements do not result in adequate detection rates. However, specimen handling requirements for PCR detection of Giardia are less stringent than for other testing methods. More importantly, molecular detection by PCR is a faster, more sensitive and more specific means of detecting this parasite.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Giardia infection.
  • Help ensure that colonies are free of Giardia
  • Early prevention of spread of Giardia
  • Minimize human exposure to Giardia
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from primates

Specimen requirements: 0.2 ml feces, or rectal swab.

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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