The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) posted Feb. 20 an updated Diagnostic Assay Catalog that provides diagnosticians with pertinent information about new and existing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests available, including confirmed contact information for the experts who developed the tests, allowing for questions about availability and use.
The Diagnostic Assay Catalog includes six ELISAs in addition to 18 PCR assays developed in response to SHIC's prioritized Swine Viral Disease Matrix. These additional tools may provide a means to uncover emerging diseases, SHIC executive director Paul Sundberg said in a post prepared for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
SHIC said the most recent update addresses the reality that researchers sometimes change their employment or location; therefore, it is necessary to periodically update their contact information for access to the tests. The catalog also summarizes the research behind the test development and covers technical background information, including sample types as well as analytical and diagnostic sensitivity and specificity.
Recognizing that limitations on producer resources may be a barrier, SHIC also offers Diagnostic Fee Support in cases of high morbidity/high mortality, where an etiology is either not identified or there is a strong supposition that the identified pathogen is not the likely cause of the outbreak. Support for the fees of further diagnostic work may help identify newly introduced or emerging swine diseases, addressing the risk of missing a significant issue if a definitive diagnosis is not pursued diligently, SHIC said.
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