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Testing of Living Non-equine WNV Suspects
Currently, testing of samples from living non-equine species for evidence of WNV infection is limited. At the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH), West Nile Virus Isolation and West Nile VN tests are available for all species. PCR tests are available for cerebrospinal fluid, fresh frozen tissues, and formalin fixed-paraffin embedded tissues.
Animal owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if an animal is observed to have neurologic signs. Veterinarians seeking additional details on WNV testing, including collection protocol and shipping requirements, should visit DCPAH’s test catalog available at animalhealth.msu.edu and search “West Nile” or call 517.353.1683.
Testing of Dead Non-equine WNV Suspects
Necropsy of non-equine WNV suspects at DCPAH will be similar to the protocol described under Laboratory Testing for horses. Tissues will be examined microscopically, and if indicated, specific tests for rabies virus and other arboviruses will be performed.