|Sample Requirement||Turnaround Time|
Tracheal wash/BAL (plain)
Guttural pouch wash (plain)
Same working day
We offer a duplex qPCR assay for Streptococcus equi and Streptococcus zooepidemicus.
Streptococcus equi causes highly contagious local (notably submandibular and parotid) and sometimes generalised lymphadenitis in horses of all ages, which can sometimes be life threatening. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the earlier and more effective isolation and contact tracing will be, aiding limitation of disease transmission. For the infected horse(s), the earlier specific management and (if indicated) treatment is applied, the better are the chances for success.
Streptococcus zooepidemicus is a very common opportunist equine pathogen, which causes sporadic infections of the skin, respiratory, genital and urinary tracts and joints of horses of all ages. It may cause cellulitis and abscesses in the jaw and throat area, and its early differentiation from Strep. equi can be very helpful in the management of the horse and its contacts.
The PCR test may be performed on abscess pus, discharge or nasopharyngeal swabs, tracheobronchial or guttural pouch aspirates and/or washing samples.