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Equine Influenza Testing

Photo of Directigen testWe test nasal swabs for equine influenza virus using rapid Directigen Flu-A test (Becton Dickinson Corp) and testing for virus growth in embryonated eggs.  Occasionally, though not routinely we test for equine influenza virus by PCR.

We are particularly interested in the investigations of disease outbreaks and encourage submission of those samples for testing at no charge.  In the absence of a disease outbreak, for example for purposes of pre-export or post-import quarantine control, we charge $35.00 per sample tested.

Please read:
Nasal Swabbing Tips for Equine Influenza
If samples are not submitted properly, they will be unusable.

Equine Influenza Submission Form (pdf)

Dr. Thomas M. Chambers should be contacted prior to submission at:

Office:    (859) 218-1126
Lab:    (859) 218-1173

Maxwell H.Gluck Equine Research Center
Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0099

Main Office (859) 257-4757
Fax (859) 257-8542