Moving reptiles?  Use our snake and lizard quarantine PCR panel to avoid spreading contagious agents.

Ruminating about hoofstock issues?  Try our ruminant fecal screening PCR panel - tests for most common GI pathogens in wild & domestic ruminants.

Our Rodent Infestation PCR Panel tests for 5 common pathogens found in rodent-contaminated facilities.

In over your head? Try our waterborne pathogens PCR panel - detection of 7 different environmental pathogens by real time PCR.

Something fishy going on in your tanks? Try our new Zebrafish screening PCR panel - tests for 6 different pathogen categories from one easy-to-collect sample.

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Zoologix performs environmental, zoo, wildlife and aquatic PCR tests for...

Aeromonas hydrophila

African swine fever

Aleutian disease

Amphibian panel

Anisakis worms



Bacillus species

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

Baylisascaris procyonis

Borna virus

Borrelia burgdorferi



Canine circovirus

Canine distemper

Canine parvovirus

Capillaria xenopodis


Chlamydophila pneumoniae

Chytrid fungus

Citrobacter freundii

Classical swine fever





Coxiella burnetii



Cryptosporidium serpentis

Cryptosporidium varanii (formerly saurophilum)

Delftia acidovorans

E. coli O157:H7

E. coli panel



Enterobacter cloacae


Epizootic hemorrhagic disease

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)

Feline panleukopenia

Ferret respiratory enteric coronavirus

Francisella tularensis




Hepatitis E

Herring worms


Influenza type A

Influenza type B

Japanese encephalitis

Johne's disease

Kangaroo herpesviruses


Lawsonia intracellularis




Listeria monocytogenes

Lizard quarantine panel

Lyme disease

Macropodid (kangaroo) herpesviruses


Mink enteritis virus


Mycobacteria in mammals, amphibians and fish

Mycoplasma mustelae

Mycoplasma species

Neospora caninum

Nipah virus

Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola

Pasteurella multocida

Pentastomid worms

Plasmodium species

Porcine cytomegalovirus

Porcine lymphotropic herpesvirus

Porcine parvovirus

Pseudocapillaria tomentosa

Pseudocapillaroides xenopi

Pseudoloma neurophilia


Pseudoterranova worms

Q fever


Raillietiella orientalis


Reovirus screen


Rift Valley fever



Sarcocystis neurona

Snake fungal disease

Snake quarantine panel

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia

St. Louis encephalitis

Strep pneumoniae

Streptococcus pyogenes

Swine vesicular disease

Tongue worms

Toxoplasma gondii

Treponema pallidum


Trypanosoma cruzi

Trypanosoma evansi


Turtle fraservirus


Valley Fever

Vesicular stomatitis


West Nile virus

White nose syndrome

Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Enterovirus PCR test
wildlife and zoo assay data sheet


Test code:
S0058 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of enterovirus by reverse transcription coupled real time polymerase chain reaction


The enteroviruses (EVs) are among the most common and most important viral pathogens of humans, and EVs also infect nonhuman primates. The EVs comprise 67 distinct serotypes within the family Picornaviridae. Most EV infections are asymptomatic. For symptomatic patients, the most common manifestation of EV infection may only be a nonspecific febrile illness with or without a rash. This so-called viral syndrome is one of the most common causes of fever among human children. Infected patients often develop upper respiratory symptoms very similar to illness caused by rhinoviruses in the winter months, making diagnosis very difficult.

Enteroviruses are the most common cause of meningitis in humans in the United States. It is also likely that EV infection in primates is a major cause of aseptic meningitis. Diagnosis of EV meningitis can be difficult, especially in young infant primates, because meningitis due to bacterial and other viral infection can present very similar symptoms. Even though EV meningitis is often benign in outcome and no specific therapy is indicated, EV-infected animals may be given unnecessary antibiotic and antiviral therapies due to misdiagnosis.

Laboratory diagnosis of enteroviruses is traditionally performed by viral culture and recognition of cytopathic effects, requiring a high degree of expertise and labor. Some EV serotypes, particularly within the coxsackievirus A group, do not grow at all in cell culture. Of greater concern is that 25 to 35% of specimens from human patients with characteristic EV infections are negative by cell culture (Chonmaitree et al., 1988) because of antibody neutralization in situ. Even though some EVs may grow in cell culture, they often grow very slowly, sometimes taking a week or more before any cytopathic effect can be observed.

Serological testing of EVs is not practical because there is no commonly shared antigen among the different EV serotypes (Herrmann et al., 1979). Detection of EVs using a molecular approach provides the best opportunity for rapid diagnosis of EVs in primates, because consensus sequences among different serotypes of EVs are available in the untranslated regions of EVs. Enterovirus detection by PCR over these consensus sequences thus provides the most rapid, sensitive and specific method for the diagnosis of this infection. The technique also helps eliminate false negative diagnoses.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Help ensure that animal groups and populations are free of Enteroviruses
  • Early prevention of spread of the virus among a group or population
  • Minimize human exposure to the virus

Chonmaitree, T., Ford, C., Sanders, C. and Lucia, H.L. (1988) Comparison of cell culture for rapid isolation of enteroviruses. J. Clin. Microbiol. 26:2576-2580.
Herrmann, J.E., Hendry, R.M. and Collins, F. (1979) Factors involved in enzyme-linked immunoassay of viruses and evaluation of the method for identification of enteroviruses. J. Clin. Microbiol. 10: 210-217.

Specimen requirements: 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube, or 0.2 ml CSF, urine, plasma, serum or nasal wash, or rectal swab, or throat swab, or 0.2 ml fresh or frozen tissue.

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 PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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