Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Testing at ADRDL
In areas where the SD Game Fish and Parks is not performing surveillance for CWD, the ADRDL can perform testing on hunter-killed deer. The head can be submitted to the laboratory, in which case the total cost is $70.35. This includes the process of obtaining lymph node and obex, the ELISA test itself, and the case accession and university fees. Any confirmatory testing is additional. Results are typically available within 7-10 days. Please note that the head cannot be returned after sampling.Read more about CWD testing
Mathew Miller Joins Bacteriology Section
Microbiologist Mathew Miller joined the ADRDL's bacteriology section on September 17. Mathew comes to SDSU from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, where he most recently was engaged in sage grouse conservation research. A native of Fort Lupton, Colorado, Mathew grew up around cattle and horses, with some rodeo experience to boot. Welcome, Mathew to the ADRDL!Read more about Mathew Miller
Improving the Detection of Bovine Respiratory Disease Pathogens: New PCR Panels Available
In response to interest from veterinarians, SDSU's ADRDL has now validated and implemented two new PCR panels designed to detect multiple Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) pathogens in one test.
Designed to be used antemortem on nasal swabs, or on post-mortem samples from the respiratory tract, these panels combine the most common BRD viral and bacterial pathogens into multiplex PCR panels:
• Bovine Respiratory Panel 1 - includes Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV), Bovine Coronavirus, and Mycoplasma bovis
• Bovine Respiratory Panel 2 - includes Mannheimia hemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, and Histophilus somni
ADRDL Construction Update
The picture, from Monday, Sept. 24, shows the addition of decking and roofing to "Areas C" (new diagnostic laboratory) and "Area B" (office section between the diagnostic lab and existing building). Exterior wall construction continues on the second story, as well as insulation paneling on the penthouse of Area C. The anticipated move-in date for the new lab is still set for sometime in Fall 2019.Read more about the New ADRDL
SDSU Food Safety Microbiology Lab Searches for Pathogens, Resistance through NARMS Work
Are foodborne disease-causing germs becoming more resistant to antibiotics? Finding the answer to that question is the mission of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). South Dakota State University is in its second year of participation in NARMS, with the ADRDL's Food Safety Microbiology (SD-FSM) lab working with the FDA in the retail meat portion of the program. The SD-FSM lab tests fresh chicken, ground turkey, ground beef, and pork chops, purchased in grocery stores in North and South Dakota. The germs identified are then further tested for resistance to common antibiotics that might be used in treating human illness.
The SD-FSM has recently compiled NARMS results for the period from June 2017 through May 2018, their first full year of participation. See the results
Do You Know the Best Samples to Send in for Anthrax?
Anthrax is a serious disease of cattle that pops up somewhere almost every year in South Dakota, with the potential to cause high numbers of death losses on pasture. Cattle encounter the causative bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) when they graze close to the ground or when spores have been washed up on grass from previous pasture flooding.Read more about Samples for Anthrax
Prompt and Accurate Veterinary Diagnostic Services
The South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) has served the citizens of the state and region with timely and accurate veterinary diagnostic services since 1887. A dedicated and experienced staff performs a full range of diagnostic testing services that arm veterinarians and health officials with the information they need to protect and improve animal and therefore, human health.
The staff of the ADRDL are nationally recognized for their skill in diagnosing key diseases of cattle, pigs, and other livestock. Additionally, the ADRDL supports veterinarians and caretakers of horses and companion animals, plays a vital role in identifying zoonotic diseases such as rabies, and helps to keep our food supply safe by testing food products for bacteria that may cause food-borne illness.
The ADRDL is American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians(AAVLD) accredited. In addition, the lab is an integral member of the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), a network of diagnostic laboratories across the US that help detect nationally significant animal diseases such as influenza and Foot & Mouth Disease. Expertise in detecting agents of food-borne illness is important in the ADRDL's role as a regional laboratory for the Food Emergency Response Network(FERN). Participation by the ADRDL in the FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network (Vet-LIRN) (hotlink this name to the link below… https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ScienceResearch/ucm247334.htm helps to document, investigate, and diagnose animal feed or drug related illnesses. These efforts can contribute to overall food safety as animal feed events could signal potential issues in human food. The ADRDL also contributes to the FDA Genome Trakr.