Rapid PCR test for hard-to-diagnose parasites

Horiba UK Veterinary has added an Encephalitozoon cuniculi test to its in-house PCR range of rapid veterinary diagnostic tests for the Pockit Central analyzer.

It said this would expand the number of available tests to approaching 200, which already includes viruses, bacteria, parasites and protozoa for companion animals and farm species.

Mammal infections

I cut him off is a microsporidian parasite with worldwide distribution that can infect various mammal species, including humans and, most commonly, domestic rabbits.

Infection may not be detected for some time, and predominantly affects the nervous system and kidneys.

Affected animals may show neurological signs, including paralysis, seizures and head tilt; renal insufficiency; and ocular disorders.

‘Simple process’

Paul Lymer, Horiba’s veterinary business manager, said: “We are pleased to offer the capability of PCR testing to all practitioners, with a simple process that does not require a separate area, specialist staff or facilities.

“With the continued addition of rapid assays such as I cut him off to its wide range of tests, Pockit Central’s ‘sample in, result out’ technology enables veterinary teams to work more efficiently and enhance patient care.”

More information is available online.

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