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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

Tickborne encephalitis virus PCR test

rodent and rabbit assay data sheet

Tickborne encephalitis virus (TBEV)

Test code: S0184 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of tickborne encephalitis virus by reverse transcription coupled real time PCR

Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) belongs to the genus Flavivirus in the family Flaviviridae. Infections can result in acute central nervous system disease in humans and animals. Three subtypes of TBEV have been reported: far eastern (FE), Siberian (Sib) and European (Eu) subtypes, which are distributed over a wide area of Europe and Asia. The tick vector of the FE and Sib subtypes is Ixodes persulcatus and that of the Eu subtype is Ixodes ricinus.

Besides transmission through tick bites, the virus can also be passed on by ingestion of unpasteurized dairy products such as milk and cheese from infected goats, sheep, or cows. Transmission through laboratory exposure, breastfeeding, blood transfusion, and contact with slaughtered viremic animals has also been reported, but these modes of transmission are rare.

Human infections can develop a biphasic course involving acute febrile illness, then a period of apparent recovery, followed by neurological symptoms including headache, meningitis, meningoencephalitis and meningoencephalomyelitis. Death can occur within 5 to 7 days from the onset of neurological signs. However, many viral infections can cause similar symptoms, so laboratory confirmation is needed.

Culture detection of the virus is not efficient and takes a long time. Antigen detection has low sensitivity. Molecular detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is highly specific and sensitive, and can be a good alternative to traditional methods (Rudenko et al., 2004).


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of TBEV
  • Identify rodents carrying TBEV
  • Help ensure that rodent populations are free of TBEV
  • Early prevention of spread of this virus in a geographic area
  • Minimize human exposure to this virus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from rodents

Rudenko, N., Golovchenko, M., Cihlárova, V. and Grubhoffer, L. (2004) Tick-borne encephalitis virus-specific RT-PCR--a rapid test for detection of the pathogen without viral RNA purification. Acta Virol. 48:167-171.

Specimen requirements: Whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube, or cerebrospinal fluid, or fresh or frozen 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 reverse transcription coupled real time polymerase chain reaction

Normal range: Nondetected

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