IDEXX Reference Laboratories
Canine and feline influenza RealPCR testing
Rapid, accurate, and specific diagnosis of the H3N2 flu strain, which may help contain the spread of disease
Available on all respiratory disease RealPCR panels at no additional charge and as a stand-alone test:
- Respiratory Disease (CRD) RealPCR Panel (Comprehensive)—Canine (test code 2524)
- Influenza Virus RealPCR Panel—Canine (test code 3731)
- H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus RealPCR Test (test code 3730)
- Upper Respiratory Disease (URD) RealPCR Panel—Feline (test code 2512)
- H7N2 Avian Influenza Virus RealPCR Test—Feline (test code 3883)
Respiratory Disease (CRD) RealPCR Panel (Comprehensive)
Bordetella bronchiseptica, canine adenovirus type 2, canine distemper virus (CDV) Quant, canine herpesvirus (CHV-1), canine parainfluenza virus, canine pneumovirus, canine respiratory coronavirus (CRCoV), H3N2 canine influenza virus, influenza A virus (includes H1N1, H3N2, H3N8, H7N2), Mycoplasma cynos, and Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus RealPCR tests. Includes quantification of distemper viral particles if PCR positive. Includes influenza A strain identification if PCR positive.
Upper Respiratory Disease (URD) RealPCR Panel
Rapidly and accurately diagnose infectious causes of respiratory disease in dogs and cats.
Comprehensive and relevant panels include both specific detection of currently active flu strains (e.g., H3N2 canine influenza virus) and monitoring for emerging strains. Quantitative distemper virus and feline herpesvirus results provide additional clinical insights.
Influenza Virus RealPCR Panel—Canine
H1N1 pandemic influenza virus, H3N2 canine influenza virus, H3N8 canine influenza virus, and influenza A virus RealPCR tests. Includes influenza A strain identification if PCR positive.
H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus RealPCR Test
H7N2 Avian Influenza Virus RealPCR Test
Canine influenza H3N2 updates
Cornell University compiles and publishes canine influenza data from several different sources, including IDEXX, to enable a more complete picture of H3N2 activity nationally.
Diagnostic insights and updates
H3N2 canine influenza virus was first detected in the United States in the spring of 2015 when a severe respiratory outbreak occurred in the Chicago region. Since then, the virus has continued to spread across the United States causing local outbreaks.
This particular strain has demonstrated greater virulence, greater infectivity, and prolonged shedding when compared to the H3N8 canine influenza strain, and it has also been reported in shelter cats. H3N8 canine influenza vaccines are not effective against H3N2, but new H3N2 vaccines are now available in the United States. Secondary bacterial pneumonia and coinfections can be seen with influenza.
Accurate diagnosis is critical in the prevention and management of canine influenza outbreaks. A comprehensive respiratory RealPCR panel on respiratory swabs taken early in the clinical course of infection is recommended for diagnosis of influenza and coinfections. Learn more about canine influenza so that you will be prepared in the event that the H3N2 outbreak reaches your patients.
IDEXX Reference Laboratories responds to emerging influenza strains with specific RealPCR tests for rapid, accurate diagnosis
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PCR testing is a service performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.