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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


Aujeszky's disease

Avian adenovirus

Avian herpes

Avian influenza

Avian polyomavirus

Avian reovirus

Avibacterium paragallinarum

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

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Bovine parvovirus

Bovine polyomavirus

Bovine respiratory syncytial virus

Bovine rhinoviruses

Bovine viral diarrhea type 1

Brachyspira pilosicoli


Cache Valley virus




Caprine arthritis-encephalitis (CAE) virus

Chlamydia/Chlamydophila genus

Chlamydophila psittaci

Classical swine fever






Coxiella burnetii



Ebola Reston

E. coli O157:h7



Enteric E. coli panel

Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae

Foot and mouth disease

Fowl adenovirus


Fusobacterium necrophorum

Hepatitis E

Herpes, avian


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Infectious bursal disease

Infectious coryza

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Influenza type A

Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus (JSRV)

Japanese encephalitis

Jena virus

Johne's disease

Lawsonia intracellularis


Lumpy skin disease virus


Malignant catarrhal fever (MCF)


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 hemorrhagic enteropathy

Porcine intestinal adenomatosis

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 vesicular disease

Taenia solium

Teschovirus (Teschen-Talfan disease)

Tickborne encephalitis virus

Trichinella spiralis



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.

Chlamydia psittaci PCR test
avian & livestock assay data sheet

Chlamydophila (formerly Chlamydia) psittaci (aka "Psittacosis" or "Chlamydiosis") NOTE: THIS TEST IS NOT PERFORMED ON SAMPLES TAKEN FROM BIRDS OWNED OR LOCATED IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

Test code:
B0034 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Chlamydophila psittaci by real time PCR.

B0034 is included in the psittacine PCR screening panel

(See test code B0111 for detection of other Chlamydia/Chlamydophila species)

Chlamydophila psittaci is one of the most prevalent infections in aviculture; species of this genus can also infect other animals, including ruminants and other mammals, as well as humans. Outbreaks of psittacosis can quickly spread through an entire aviary, flock or herd, with devastating results. Young birds are especially susceptible to the infection and can become chronic carriers, shedding the bacteria. Long-term effects of chlamydial infections can be multi-systemic, including afflictions such as liver disease.

C. psittaci infection is a major clinical problem in exotic birds. Infected birds develop symptoms ranging from acute devastating disease to poor feathering. Only a small percentage of infected exotic birds show overt clinical symptoms. Carriers without clinical signs may also be suffering from chronic low-grade hepatopathies. Estimates of carrier rate vary among research reports. In exotic birds, infection rates are said to vary from 10-90% overall, with infection rates approaching 100% in some closely held collections.

Some carriers may remain in that state for years with few or no clinical problems. These birds are contagious to cage-mates and also to humans. People who are immunosuppressed, due to factors such as AIDS and cancer treatment, are especially susceptible to C. psittaci zoonosis.

Serological diagnostic methods are available for C. psittaci, but a significant number of ill and healthy carrier birds do not produce measurable antibody. This especially true of cockatiels, budgerigars, and young parrots. Detection by culture is difficult, expensive and slow. However, molecular detection of C. psittaci by PCR is rapid, specific and highly sensitive. PCR can also be used to test fecal samples, which are not suitable for serology assay.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of C. psittaci infection
  • Help ensure that bird populations are free of C. psittaci
  • Early prevention of spread of this bacterium among a flock
  • Minimize human exposure to C. psittaci
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from birds

Specimen requirements: Cloacal swab, or 0.2 ml feces, or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube.

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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