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

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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)

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Feline panleukopenia

Ferret respiratory enteric coronavirus

Francisella tularensis




Hepatitis E

Herring worms


Influenza type A

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Japanese encephalitis

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Lawsonia intracellularis




Listeria monocytogenes

Lizard quarantine panel

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Macropodid (kangaroo) herpesviruses


Mink enteritis virus


Mycobacteria in mammals, amphibians and fish

Mycoplasma mustelae

Mycoplasma species

Neospora caninum

Nipah virus

Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola

Pasteurella multocida

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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

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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

Porcine cytomegalovirus PCR test
wildlife and zoo assay data sheet

Porcine cytomegalovirus

Test code:
S0128 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of porcine cytomegalovirus by real time PCR


Herpesviruses are widely distributed and have been found in insects, reptiles, amphibians and every species of bird and mammal. One important characteristic of herpesvirus infection is that the virus persists in the infected host for life and is frequently reactivated and shed. In pigs, five herpesviruses have been identified: three recently identified lymphotrophic herpesviruses, pseudorabies virus and porcine cytomegalovirus (PCMV).

PCMV causes inclusion body rhinitis and abortion or neonatal piglet losses in pigs. On microscopic examination, CMV infection causes large intranuclear inclusion bodies in infected cells. In pigs, a major site of infection tends to be the turbinates and the rest of the upper respiratory tract. Clinically, inclusion body rhinitis is often confused with atrophic rhinitis, another upper respiratory tract disease of multiple etiologies.

Like human CMV, porcine CMV crosses the placenta and infects fetuses, with resulting congenital infections. In susceptible herds, infection with PCMV can lead to fetal and piglet death, runting, rhinitis, pneumonia, and poor weight gain. In herds where management conditions tend to be good or exceptional, the virus may be endemic without causing any apparent clinical disease or economic loss. However, these infected animals can be latent carriers of the virus.

Antibodies to this virus have been found in a high percentage of swine herds worldwide. Because of the high prevalence of positive serology, serological identification of infected pigs is not useful. Many latent carriers remain unidentified, posing serious problems with research using the pig as a model. In xenotransplantation between pig and human, reactivation of the latent virus can cause postransplantation failure. Molecular detection of the virus is an important tool that can provide rapid, sensitive and specific detection of the viral nucleic acid in suspected animals (Hamel et al., 1999).


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Identify PCMV carriers
  • Help ensure that animal colonies and populations are free of PCMV
  • Early prevention of spread of the virus among animals
  • Minimize human exposure to the virus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from animals

Hamel, A.L., Lin, L., Sachvie, C., Grudeski, E., and Nayar, G.P.S. (1999) Assay for Detecting Porcine Cytomegalovirus. J Clin Microbiol. 37: 3767–3768.

Specimen requirements: 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) tube, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed 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 real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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