Collecting and Submitting Oropharyngeal Swabs for AIV PCR
First Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Iowa reported - April 14, 2015
To properly obtain samples for AIV PCR you will need to have BHI broth tubes, dakron/polyester swabs, scissors, and gloves as well as 5 fresh mortalities. In addition you will need a cooler, cold pack and submission form for submitting samples to the lab.
- Fisher Scientific: Pack of 10 for $38.33
- Hardy Diagnostics: Pack of 20 for $42.61
- Fisher Scientific: Case of 500 for $191.96
- Hardy Diagnostics: Case of 500 for $459.34
For properly attaining and pooling samples, please reference this step by step video demonstrating sample collection, pooling, and packaging.
The Center for Food Safely and Public Health also has this printable step by step guide available: http://sesdp.cfsph.iastate.edu/CA/Assets/Handouts/SES_Swabbing_Handouts_150203_English.pdf
Fill out laboratory form.
Include: Farm name, Premises ID, date and number of samples
Place form and labeled tubes in two separate sealable bags.
Place the bags in a cooler with cold pack.
Ship overnight or hand deliver to:
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Iowa State University
1850 Christensen Dr
Ames, IA 50011-1134