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Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory
Phone: (609) 406-6999  Fax: (609) 671-6414
US Postal Service Address: PO Box  330 Trenton NJ 08625
Fed Ex/UPS/Drop-off: 3 Schwarzkopf Drive Ewing, NJ 08628
Website: www.jerseyvetlab.nj.gov      E-mail: jerseyvetlab@ag.state.nj.us

To: Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and Practice Managers

From: Dr. Amar Patil, Lab Director, NJDA Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory

Subject: Improvement to the strangles Streptococcus equi PCR

The New Jersey Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (AHDL) would like to inform you that we have

validated a new and improved PCR test for Streptococcus equi subsp. equi (strangles).  This new

test has proven to be more sensitive and specific to detect causative bacterium of strangles.  The

new test does not detect S. equi subsp. zooepidemicus as the organism does not cause strangles.

Please note that sample submission instructions have not changed.  Acceptable samples for the test

remain as follows:

1) Nasal, pharyngeal, tracheal, guttural pouch, abscess swab

2) Nasal, pharyngeal, tracheal, guttural pouch wash

The price of test has dropped from $45 to $37. Turnaround time is 2-3 business days.

Please visit the smart phone friendly AHDL website to learn more about our expertise, quality,

and services: www.jerseyvetlab.nj.gov .

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