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Canine Influenza in McLean County (Illinois)

May 16, 2016 / Diagnostic Updates

Recently we have tested many samples for canine influenza virus from the Bloomington/Normal area with many of them testing positive. A small number of samples have been forwarded for subtyping and they have come back H3N2. Below is information regarding sample submission and testing guidelines. As always if you have any questions please feel free...

Tracing an Outbreak at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center

Jan 15, 2016 / Diagnostic Updates

Indiana Public Media (Jan. 14) – Researchers from the University of Illinois have identified coyotes as the origin of an outbreak of canine distemper that killed eight big cats at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, a sanctuary for abused or abandoned animals. http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/deadly-outbreak-exotic-feline-rescue-center-92306/

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Microbiology Adds Rapid Identification System: MALDI-TOF

Jun 23, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

MALDI-TOF, a.k.a. Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry Biotyper® (Bruker Daltronics, Inc.), enables the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to identify as many as 95 bacteria, yeast, or fungi within 90 minutes from isolated colonies. The current Biotyper® database includes over 5,000 organisms and is updated frequently to include new taxa. The significance...

Current Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 Outbreak

May 27, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

In recent weeks, several horses in Illinois have developed clinical signs of fever and respiratory disease. Of the six such cases submitted to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, molecular analysis determined that equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV1) was the etiological agent in only two of the horses, both adults. Additional testing showed that...

CIV H3 Comparison

May 27, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

The canine influenza virus (CIV) subtype H3N8 is the current vaccine virus that originated in equine, which infected canines in 2003/04 and now is considered enzootic among canines in the U.S. The H3N2 strain originated in avian species in Asia and emerged in the U.S. in 2015. The big question everyone has regarding the CIV...

Tularemia

Mar 27, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

Tularemia is a naturally occurring illness caused by a bacterium called Francisella tularensis. These bacteria can be found in certain animals (especially rodents, rabbits and hares).  Tularemia can cause six different forms of disease; however, approximately up to 80 percent of the cases are “ulceroglandular” (skin ulcers and swollen lymph glands) and are the result...

Faculty: Dr. Patrick Roady

Dec 11, 2014 / Diagnostic Updates

Patrick Roady completed his DVM in 2003 from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked in private practice for 6 years, predominately practicing food animal medicine. In 2009, Patrick returned to the University of Illinois for a residency in anatomic pathology. Patrick completed his residency training in September of 2012, passed the...

PDCoV rRT-PCR

Dec 11, 2014 / Diagnostic Updates

The VDL is now offering a real time reverse transcription assay (rRT-PCR) for the detection of the membrane (M) gene of porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV). The virus has been detected since February 2014 in Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois; however, the true prevalence of PDCoV in the U.S. is unknown. Complete genome sequencing performed on...

Clinical Pathology Faculty: Dr. Anne Barger

Dec 11, 2014 / Diagnostic Updates

Dr. Barger received her DVM from the University of Illinois and did her clinical pathology residency at North Carolina State University. She is ACVP board certified in clinical pathology. In 2002 she was hired as a Clinical Assistant Professor with appointments in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Department of Pathobiology. In 2014 Dr. Barger...

Clinical Pathology Faculty: Dr. Katie Wycislo

Dec 11, 2014 / Diagnostic Updates

Dr. Katie Wycislo is a native of rural western Illinois. She completed her DVM degree in 2010 and clinical pathology residency in 2013, both at the University of Illinois. In addition to teaching veterinary students and providing diagnostic service for the college, she is currently working on a PhD investigating the immunotherapeutic application of toll-like...