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



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




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

Plasmodium species

Porcine cytomegalovirus

Porcine lymphotropic herpesvirus

Porcine parvovirus

Pseudocapillaria tomentosa

Pseudocapillaroides xenopi

Pseudoloma neurophilia


Pseudoterranova worms

Q fever



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

Toxoplasma gondii

Treponema pallidum


Trypanosoma cruzi

Trypanosoma evansi


Valley Fever

Vesicular stomatitis


West Nile virus

White nose syndrome

Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Ranavirus PCR test

wildlife and zoo assay data sheet

Ranavirus screen

Test code:
S0145 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of ranavirus by real time PCR.

S0145 is included in P0031 - amphibian screening panel

Ranaviruses are large viruses with linear and double-stranded DNAs, icosahedral capsids and lipid membranes. They replicate in the nucleus and cytoplasm of host cells.

Ranaviruses can infect fish, amphibians, chelonians and other vertebrates (Chinchar, 2002). Infection of larval salamanders with these viruses results in high mortality rates. Ranavirus infection usually occurs in late summer or early autumn, and recurs annually in some locations.

Amphibians infected with Ranaviruses develop generalized viremia resulting in edema, papules, lesions, and bloody exudate from the vent. Necrosis of the liver, spleen, kidney and hematopoietic tissues may result in death after 7–14 days of infection.

Viral transmission between animals can occur through close physical contact, contact with infected water or ingestion of infected carcasses. Vertical transmission of virus from infected adults to eggs is unknown, and the virus does not appear to have a reservoir host.

Serological detection and culture detection of these viruses are both time-consuming and not very sensitive. Molecular detection of the viruses by PCR can be useful because it provides high sensitivity, high specificity and fast turnaround time.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of ranavirus
  • Help ensure that animal facilities or amphibian populations are free of ranaviruses
  • Early prevention of spread of ranaviruses in a facility or geographic area
  • Minimize human exposure to ranaviruses
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from susceptible animals

Chinchar, V.G. (2002) Ranaviruses (family Iridoviridae): Emerging cold-blooded killers—Brief review. Arch. of Virol. 147: 447–470.

Specimen requirements:  Skin swab, oral swab or vent swab, or environmental swab, or 0.2 ml fresh, frozen or fixed tissue, or 0.2 ml water or culture, or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube.

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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