Screening your mice? Try our Mouse Essentials PCR Panel. All the most important mouse colony screening tests, all by expert real time PCR...

...or how about our new Mouse PCR Minipanel - PCR tests for only the most common mouse pathogens - for economical colony screening...

...and don't forget our Mouse Fecal PCR Panel - includes 9 important fecal pathogens.

And... just for rabbits: our new Rabbit Fecal PCR Panel tests for 3 common causes of GI problems in rabbits.

For wild rodent infestations, remediation and environmental monitoring, use our Rodent Infestation PCR Panel

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Zoologix also performs rodent and rabbit PCR tests for...

Aspiculuris tetraptera


BXV-1 virus



Clostridium piliforme


E. coli (enteroinvasive)



Encephalitozoon cuniculi


Francisella tularensis

Fur mites



Human adenoviruses

Klebsiella pneumoniae

K virus

Lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus


Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)


Mouse adenoviruses

Mouse cytomegaloviruses

Mouse hepatitis virus (MHV)

Mouse kidney parvovirus (MKV or MKPV)

Mouse minute virus (MMV)

Mouse norovirus (MNV)

Mouse parvovirus (MPV)

Mouse polyoma virus (POLY)

Mousepox virus (aka ectromelia virus, EV or ECTRO)

Mouse rotavirus

Mycoplasma pulmonis

Mycoplasma screen



Pneumocystis carinii

Pneumonia virus of mice (PVM)

Rabbit coronavirus

Rabbit fibroma virus

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus

Rat bite fever

Rat coronavirus

Reovirus screen

Reovirus type 3 (REO3)



Sendai virus (SEND)

Seoul virus


Sialodacryoadenitis virus (SDAV)

Streptobacillus moniliformis

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Syphacia muris

Syphacia obvelata

Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV)

Tickborne encephalitis virus

Treponema cuniculi/ paraluiscuniculi


Tyzzer's disease

Whitewater Arroyo virus

Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Mouse minute virus and mouse parvovirus PCR tests

rodent and rabbit assay data sheet

Mouse minute virus (MMV) and mouse parvovirus (MPV)

Test code: S0098 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection but not differentiation of mouse minute virus and all well-described mouse parvovirus serotypes (MPV types 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) by real time PCR

S0098 is included on P0023 Mouse Fecal Panel, on P0032 Mouse Minipanel and on P0029 - Mouse Essentials Panel

Mouse minute virus (MMV) (formerly minute virus of mice) and mouse parvovirus (MPV) are among the most prevalent infectious agents found in laboratory mouse colonies. Although the immunosuppressive strain of MMV (MMVi) can induce a potentially lethal renal hemorrhagic disease when experimentally inoculated into neonatal mice, no significant clinical symptoms have been reported for mice naturally infected with MMV. Similarly, no significant adverse effects have been observed in mice naturally or experimentally infected with MPV. Nevertheless, infection with MMV or MPV can have significant deleterious effects on research due to their immunomodulatory effects both in vivo and in vitro. In addition, there is significant potential for MMV and MPV to be transmitted among animals within a facility due to the high degree of environmental stability of these agents. Thus, identification of infected laboratory mice is critical to minimize the impact of these viruses on research.

Mice are infected primarily by direct contact with virus shed in feces or urine. Parvoviruses are capable of surviving in the environment for an extended period of time (weeks). Thus fomite transmission is likely.

Serology testing for these viruses has been used extensively to test for the immune status of mice. However, this testing approach is often inadequate to control the spread of the viruses, largely because it takes close to 2 weeks to generate a detectable serological response when the mice are exposed to these viruses. Secondly, the sensitivity of serological testing is often not comparable to molecular detection by PCR. Thirdly, serological testing cannot be used for immunosuppressed mice, such as nude mice. Fourthly, fecal or urine samples can be conveniently used in the PCR technique to detect the presence of virus.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of mouse minute virus or mouse parvovirus
  • Help ensure that vivariums are free of these viruses
  • Early prevention of spread of these viruses among a vivarium
  • Minimize personnel exposure to these viruses
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from mice

Specimen requirements: Fecal pellet, or 0.2 ml urine, or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed 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 real time polymerase chain reaction

Normal range: Nondetected

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