Changes to USDA IAV-S surveillance program
Over the last 7 years the USDA has conducted surveillance for swine influenza virus (IAV-S) and has reimbursed clients for testing costs. In order to conserve funding for this program while maintaining effective surveillance the following changes have been made to the program:
- Discontinuation of USDA reimbursement for the Matrix PCR screening test
Reimbursements will continue for subtyping PCRs, virus isolation and sequencing as described below.
- Reduction in the CT cutoff values for USDA funded further testing
CT cutoff value is reduced to < 25 (lowered from < 35) for nasal swabs and lung.
CT cutoff value is reduced to < 20 (lowered from <30) for oral fluids.
- Cessation of reimbursement to NAHLN lab for sequencing of the M gene
Reimbursements for the H gene and N gene will continue.
- Reduction of reimbursement for subtyping PCR’s from 2 samples per accession to reimbursement for 1 sample per accession
Additional testing may be conducted at the owners’ expense as requested.
Watch the USDA website for further updates.
See also the AASV website for more information.
These changes will be in effect as of June 27, 2016.