IDEXX Reference Laboratories Launches Comprehensive Equine Respiratory RealPCR Panel [Trade]

New panel includes five additional pathogens to help equine veterinarians quickly diagnose the cause of respiratory disease

WESTBROOK, Maine, October 03, 2013IDEXX Reference Laboratories introduces the IDEXX Comprehensive Equine Respiratory RealPCR Panel with the addition of five new pathogens: equine rhinitis A and B viruses, equine herpesvirus types 2 and 5 and equine adenovirus. These are in addition to the tests in the original panel, which included equine herpesvirus types 1 and 4, Streptococcus equi subsp. equi and equine influenza virus. The option to add a test for equine arteritis virus is also available. Equine respiratory disease is one of the most common issues equine veterinarians face. The Comprehensive Equine Respiratory RealPCR Panel provides a convenient, economical way to quickly and accurately test for nine of the most common respiratory pathogens.

Equine respiratory disease has a variety of causes, both bacterial and viral, so identifying the causative pathogen is critical for determining treatments and implementing biosecurity protocols. A quick diagnosis is important, particularly in commercial barns that have resident horses transported regularly to and from horseshows or race meets.

"We are pleased to offer these tests—the most recent additions to our real-time PCR test menu—in a single panel," says Christian Leutenegger, head of Molecular Diagnostics at IDEXX. "With one sample, up to nine respiratory disease pathogens can be detected or ruled out, quickly, accurately and economically, and practitioners can give clients more comprehensive diagnostic information."

When the original equine respiratory panel launched in 2008, real-time PCR results indicated that, in many cases, more than one pathogen was detected—in certain cases, as many as three were detected. As the new Comprehensive Equine Respiratory RealPCR Panel went through clinical validation, multiple pathogens were again detected in equine respiratory cases. In addition, the equine rhinitis A and B viruses were detected in 4%–20% of the samples tested. With the additional tests, this new panel should allow clinicians better capability to assess and differentiate the likely cause of the disease.

The Comprehensive Equine Respiratory RealPCR Panel is now available to order by calling IDEXX Reference Laboratories at 1-800-621-8378.

About IDEXX Reference Laboratories and IDEXX Laboratories
IDEXX Reference Laboratories is a worldwide network of laboratories trusted for providing a comprehensive testing menu and consistently delivering accurate diagnostic results to the veterinary industry. IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., the parent company of IDEXX Reference Laboratories, is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, to improve staff efficiency and to build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing livestock and poultry diagnostic tests and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs more than 5,500 people and offers products to customers in over 175 countries.


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