Influenza A virus - IAV
Canine, Equine, Feline, Porcine
PCR - Screen only (no subtype)
Best Practice Fee:
screen - same day; subtype - next day
lung, nasal swab, BAL, oral fluids, bronchial swab
Follow up IAV subtyping added on after initial testing $30 per sample. Appropriate swabs to use for influenza virus PCR are synthetic (Dacron or Rayon) tipped swabs on plastic shafts. Swabs should be placed in 1 ml of PBS in a falcon snap cap tube and the shaft broken low enough to allow the cap to be securely snapped tightly and avoid leakage. Do not send swabs in agar or gel-type media. Avoid using any calcium-alginate-tipped swabs or bleach. Also avoid cotton swabs with wooden shafts. Ship swabs overnight to the diagnostic laboratory. Acceptable swabs: Star Swab II, Copan swabs, Other swabs are also available.