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TVMDL Amarillo offers PEDV IFA

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo now offers an immunofluorescence assay (IFA) test for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDV).

The PEDV IFA allows TVMDL diagnosticians to detect antibodies to the virus using a minimum of 0.5 – 1.00cc serum. The test cost is $8 in state and $9.60 for out-of-state testing, and the test is now available to order through the Amarillo lab. Visit tvmdl.tamu.edu for more information.

Although it is endemic in many countries, the virus was only recently identified in the United States in May 2013. According to the National Pork Board, the virus has killed between 1 and 4 million pigs in the U.S. and has spread to more than 20 states across the country. The virus, spread by fecal matter, can be transmitted by pigs as well as by inanimate objects such as boots, clothing and trucks. The test, developed at TVMDL, provides a much-needed service to the swine industry as they work to protect their herds from the virus. With the integration of this test, the laboratory can stay at the forefront of emerging disease detection.

Feb2015_IFA_web_IMG_0635If you have any questions regarding this test, please contact the Amarillo laboratory at toll free at 1-888-646-5624. We look forward to providing quality, affordable diagnostic results to all clients.

Thank you for your continued use of TVMDL for your diagnostic needs.

By: Kate Bradley

[via tvmdl.tamu.edu]

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