Influenza A virus - IAV
Canine, Equine, Feline, Porcine
PCR - Screen and Subtype (positives)
Best Practice Fee:
screen - same day; subtype - next day
lung, nasal swab, BAL, oral fluids, bronchial swab
Includes subtyping all positive samples. 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.