List of Acarus Tests

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The turnaround time on Acarus infectious disease PCRs is typically 3 to 5 days. The results are sent by email or post within 5 working days of us receiving your samples. These times can be subject to change (e.g. for Bank holidays).

Infectious Disease Submission Turnaround Time

Anaplasma phagocytophilum (QPCR)

 

0.5ml EDTA blood and/or tissue aspirates in EDTA tube and/or fresh tissue biopsy material* 3-5 working days

Babesia spp (QPCR)

 

0.5ml EDTA blood (or fresh tissue biopsy material* can be tested if available instead of blood e.g. splenic tissue) 3-5 working days
Bartonella henselae (QPCR) 0.5 ml EDTA blood and/or tissue aspirates in EDTA tube and/or
fresh tissue biopsy material*
3-5 working days
Bartonella spp (QPCR) 0.5 ml EDTA blood and/or tissue aspirates in EDTA tube and/or
fresh tissue biopsy material*
3-5 working days

Borrelia spp (Lyme disease) (PCR)

 

0.5ml EDTA blood (but this is not an ideal sample due to low sensitivity);  0.5ml synovial fluid in EDTA tube or skin biopsy from the tick bite site 3-5 working days

Ehrlichia/Anaplasma spp (PCR)

 

0.5ml EDTA blood and/or tissue aspirates in EDTA tube and/or fresh tissue biopsy material 3-5 working days

Heartworm screen (Dirofilaria immitis antigen and modified Knott's microfilariae test) 

1ml EDTA blood AND 0.5ml serum 1-2 working days
Hepatozoon spp (PCR) 0.5ml EDTA blood (or fresh tissue biopsy material* can be tested if available instead of blood e.g. splenic tissue) 3-5 working days

Leishmania (QPCR)

0.5 ml EDTA blood and/or lymph node aspirates in EDTA tube and/or
splenic aspirates in EDTA tube and/or bone marrow aspirates/biopsy in EDTA tube and/or fresh tissue biopsy material* and/or
conjunctival swabs **
3-5 working days

Leishmania Antibody

 

1 ml EDTA blood 5-7 working days

SNAP®4Dx® serology screen: D. immitis Ag, E. canis Ab, A. phagocytophilum/A. platys Ab and B. burgdoferi Ab

0.5ml serum Same day

* Fresh biopsy material should be placed on saline soaked gauze material in a sterile container to keep moist and container should then be sealed. Formalin fixed specimens are not recommended in the first instance.

** Conjunctival swabs should be moistened with sterile saline before use. After collection, the end should be cut off and placed in a sterile container to keep moist and container should then be sealed.

Other sample types e.g. CSF, ticks, fleas, formalin fixed samples, can be tested after discussion with the lab.

Care should be taken to mix the blood efficiently as the efficacy of the tests will be reduced if clotting occurs. Samples should be submitted in a leak-proof secondary container within in a sealed, padded (Jiffy) bag with a submission form. If samples are being sent from abroad please use the DEFRA import licences.

The delivery address for samples is:

Diagnostic Laboratories
Langford Vets
Churchill Building
Langford House
Langford
Bristol
BS40 5DU UK

Please ensure that all the sample tubes are double wrapped and that absorbent material is included in the inner wrapping to minimise the risk of contamination.

For clinical advice contact acarus-lab@bristol.ac.uk