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Free testing for Equine Neurologic Diseases

Friday, October 18, 2019

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Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine announced today that its Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (OADDL) will begin conducting free testing for select equine neurologic diseases. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is subsidizing this testing for Oklahoma horses with clinical signs of central nervous system disease.

ODAFF obtained a United States Department of Agriculture grant to incentivize Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) surveillance. This funding is available until April 2020.

All of the following samples MUST be submitted by a veterinarian to receive free testing:

  • Whole blood in EDTA (PTT) – EHV-1 gB PCR testing
  • Deep nasal swabs (in RTT with 0.5 ml saline) – EHV-1 gB PCR testing
    • Plastic shaft cotton swabs are recommended
  • Serum or clotted blood (RTT) – WNV/EEE ELISA and EPM IFAT testing

Please indicate “ODAFF CNS Subsidy” on the OADDL submittal form. If you need any additional information, please contact either Dr. Akhilesh Ramachandran with OADDL at 405-744-6623 or Dr. Michael Herrin with ODAFF at 405-522-6142.

MEDIA CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 | derinda@okstate.edu

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