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Aeromonas hydrophila

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Snake quarantine panel

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Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pestis

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Citrobacter freundii PCR test

wildlife and zoo assay data sheet

Citrobacter freundii

Test code:
B0086 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Citrobacter freundii by real time PCR.


Citrobacter freundii are facultative anaerobic Gram-negative bacilli of the Enterobacteraceae family. These bacteria are ubiquitously present in the environment and play an important role in the nitrogen cycle by reducing nitrate to nitrite. They can be found in soil, water, sewage, food and the intestinal tracts of animals and humans.

The bacteria are long rod-shaped and are generally surrounded by several flagella conferring motility, though a few strains are non-motile. C. freundii is an opportunistic pathogen, with human infections usually limited to people with immune dysfunction. It can cause nosocomial infections of the respiratory tract, urinary tract and blood. C. freundii represents more than a quarter of all opportunistic infections in humans.

Infection with Citrobacter freundii may result in diarrhea, septicemia, meningitis, and urinary tract and respiratory system infection.

Culture identification of C. freundii is difficult because the growth and biochemical characteristics of these bacteria closely resemble those of Salmonella bacteria. Molecular detection of these bacteria by polymerase chain reaction is highly specific and sensitive, and is a good alternative to the culture method.


  • Confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of Citrobacter freundii
  • Help ensure that animal facilities are free of this bacterium
  • Early prevention of spread of C. freundii in a facility
  • Minimize human exposure to this bacterium
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from susceptible animals

Specimen requirements:  0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube, or nasopharyngeal swab, or environmental swab, or 0.2 ml feces, or rectal swab, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed tissue, or culture.

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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