The mission of the Virology Section
is to detect and identify viruses that can affect animal health, as well as the elicited immune response to viral exposure due to acute or chronic infection, or vaccination. Testing methods include virus isolation, the detection of viral antigens by fluorescent antibody tests, antigen capture ELISA, and immunoassays, and detection of antibodies by virus neutralization tests, antibody capture ELISA, and hemagglutination inhibition tests. For the complete list of viral tests, fees and turn-around times, please see our web site at http://vdl.uky.edu/testofferings.asp
If you are requesting virology tests, remember to keep samples moist, cool, and send by overnight transport. The following are important points to keep in mind:
• Serum samples should not have any hemolysis.
• Tissues should be VERY fresh and collected aseptically. Submit generous portions of tissue.
•If you need to submit swab specimens, please use commercial viral transport media. In the absence of viral transport medium, submit swabs in sterile, sealed vials with several drops of saline added, to prevent desiccation. Cotton, plastic, wood-handled, and Dacron and other synthetic swabs are all acceptable.
• Submit samples individually in separate bags or jars with correct and clear identification.
• Maintain samples at refrigeration temperature (40ºF/4ºC) and send with ice packs. Freezing is not recommended.
Dr. Erdal Erol
Sharon K. Ray
Allie M. Thacker
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