Specimen: Swabs, fresh tissue, serum or blood
Container: Red top tube for sera, EDTA tube for blood, virus transport media for swabs (contact the laboratory to source these from the referral laboratory), tissues in sterile pottles
Collection protocol: Venepuncture, post mortem, swab of lesions
Special handling/shipping requirements: Ship all samples chilled
General information about the disease: This will vary depending on the disease (see table below).
|Adenovirus||Caecal tonsil||Sterile pottle|
|Avian encephalomyelitis (AE)||Serum, brain|
|Egg drop 76||Serum||Red top tube|
|Fowl pox||Lesion, serum||Sterile pottle, red top tube|
|Infectious bronchitis (IB)||Trachea, caecal tonsil, kidney, serum||Sterile pottle, red top tube|
|Infectious bursal disease (IBD)||Brain, bursa, serum||Sterile pottle, red top tube|
|Infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT)||Trachea, larynx, serum||Sterile pottle, red top tube|
|Infectious anaemia||Liver||Sterile pottle|
|Tenosynovitis avian reovirus||Tendons, caecal tonsil, serum||Sterile pottle, red top tube|
|Viral arthritis||Synovial fluid, hock joint||Sterile pottle, red top tube|
General information about when this test is indicated: This test is undertaken by specialist referral government laboratories and would require pre-arranging transport media and notification of the laboratory to expect it.
Comparison with other related tests: Check if an ELISA test is available to test for the virus either as an antigen or antibody.