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Aspiculuris tetraptera


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K virus

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Mycoplasma pulmonis

Mycoplasma screen



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Streptobacillus moniliformis

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Syphacia muris

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Tickborne encephalitis virus

Treponema cuniculi/ paraluiscuniculi


Tyzzer's disease

Whitewater Arroyo virus

Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Hantavirus PCR test

rodent and rabbit assay data sheet


Test code: S0135 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Hantavirus (aka Hantaanvirus) by reverse transcription coupled real time PCR. This test does not detect Seoul virus - see test code S0224 for Seoul virus detection.

 Test S0135 is included on the P0029 - Mouse Essentials Panel and the P0057 - Rodent Infestation Panel

Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that are transmitted by rodents through urine, droppings, and saliva. One of them, Sin Nombre virus, is found in deer mice in North America. Sin Nombre virus is the cause of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in humans.

Hantaviruses belong to the Bunyaviridae family of viruses. There are five genera in this family: Orthobunyavirus, Nairovirus, Phlebovirus, Tospovirus, and Hantavirus. Like all members of this family, hantaviruses have a genome comprised of three negative-sense single-stranded RNA segments, and so are classified as negative sense RNA viruses.

Inhalation of dust contaminated by rodent excreta or saliva can result in transmission of these viruses to humans. Infected people will develop HPS one to six weeks after inhaling the virus. The disease begins with 2-6 days of flu-like illness including fever, muscle soreness, headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. As the disease progresses it causes shortness of breath due to fluid filled lungs; hospital care is then required. It is usually a serious infection and about 1 out of 3 infected patients have died.

The deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) is the main carrier of hantaviruses in the western United States but other wild rodents may also be potential carriers. The deer mouse can carry and shed the virus without showing any clinical signs. In one study of over 1,100 deer mice in Washington State, it was shown that about 14% had been infected with Sin Nombre virus.

HPS is not known to be transmitted from one person to another, nor to be transmitted by farm animals, dogs, cats or rodents purchased from pet stores.

Serological detection of these viruses is not effective in identifying rodents that are shedding virus because many wild-caught rodents may have had past exposure and thus antibodies to the viruses. Studies have shown that even if infected animals have not mounted a detectable antibody response, the virus may be detected by PCR. When infected animals progress to a chronic carrier state, antibody level may remain detectable but does not correlate with the shedding of virus. PCR detection of the virus in blood, saliva, urine or feces can confirm shedding of viruses by infected animals (Kuenzi et al., 2005).


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of hantavirus
  • Help ensure that rodent populations and colonies are free of hantavirus
  • Early prevention of spread of hantavirus among a population or in a geographic area
  • Minimize human exposure to hantavirus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from rodents

Kuenzi, A.J., Douglass, R.J., Bond, C.W., Calisher, C.H. and Mills, J.N. (2005) Long-term dynamics of Sin Nombre viral RNA and antibody in deer mice in Montana. J. Wildl. Dis. 41:473-481.

Specimen requirements: 1 fecal pellet, or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube, or environmental wipes/swabs, or 0.1 ml fresh or frozen tissue, or 0.2 ml cell 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 reverse transcription coupled real time polymerase chain reaction

Normal range: Nondetected

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