News & Announcements

Zoetis, USA has launched a USDA-approved ELISA kit for detection of antibodies to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Starting February 5, 2018, the UMN VDL began using this kit for PEDV ELISA testing. This kit replaces the Biovet ELISA kit that was previously used.

This panel includes a turkey-specific qPCR (will not detect chicken Reovirus) and 2 types of viral isolation (using egg inoculation and cell lines). We expect to isolate virus from any sample with an initial positive PCR result. An initial negative PCR result, however, will require confirmation via isolation results to be confident in the results of the assay.

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory now offers a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) differentiation Real-Time PCR test. This test can distinguish between the virulent and the less severe variant strain of PEDV. The cost of the test is $31 per sample (plus $10 accession fee) and the test is run on Fridays. Results are available in 5 business days.


public art at MPTL

As a part of the renovation project at the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar MN, a public art display was installed. The University of Minnesota spends a percentage of the budget of state funded projects on public art (as defined in MN statute 16B.35).

VDL Identifies Pathogen Responsible for Several Mass Mortality Events of Wild Fish in MN

Beginning Tuesday November 14, 2017, the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be offering a duplex PCR test for PCV2/PCV3. This test will replace the PCV2 test. The Universal PCV test offered by the UMN VDL detects PCV 1 and 2 (but will not differentiate between 1 and 2), while this new duplex detects PCV 2 and 3 (and differentiates between the two types).

Please see the factsheet for more information about this new test.

In July 2017, a type 2 North American strain of porcine reporoductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRSV-NA) was identified by indirect ELISA and RT-PCR in sows from 5 premises in Uruguay. 

Read the full report here.

VDL faculty are among the authors of a longitudinal study on Senecavirus A shedding in the journal BMC Veterinary Research. The study found that while vesicular lesions had the highest concentration of virus, virus was detected on rectal and tonsil swabs for longer periods of up to six weeks.

Read the full article here.

Minnesota map with positive CIV cases

Canine Influenza H3N2 was first identified in the United States in March of 2015 and spread to 23 states in 5 months. A second outbreak began in May 2017. Minnesota has had ten positive canine influenza cases in 2017 (as of 8/17/17) in Crow Wing, Kandiyohi, Ramsey, Sherburne and Wright counties. Although taken off the list of reportable diseases in 2016, canine influenza is back on the list of diseases reportable to the Board of Animal Health.

Canine Influenza Frequently Asked Questions