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
North Campus Drive Road Closure August-December: Alternate Traffic Routes to ADRDL
Beginning on August 20, the stretch of North Campus Drive from Medary Ave. east to the ADRDL will be closed to traffic in order to facilitate a major utility project. This closure will last until December, 2018. The project has also resulted in the permanent closure of the parking lot between the Animal Science building and the ADRDL/Vet Science building. Access to the ADRDL remains in place via a detour on North Campus Drive (red line on map). The detour can be accessed off the Highway 14 bypass via Stadium Drive or Jackrabbit Avenue.Read more about Road Closure
"Topping Out" Ceremony for the New ADRDL: Last Steel Beam in Place
Since last month, the steel frame of "Area B," the office section between the new laboratory and the existing building, has been completed. Workers are now busy installing decking and some of the exterior wall panels to the laboratory section.
On Wednesday, August 15, contractors from McCown Gordon celebrated a "Topping Out" ceremony and lunch for ADRDL staff. Construction workers, ADRDL staff, and SDSU officials were able to add their signatures to the distinctive white beam that was the last to be placed in the structure.
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
KDLT Report on Anthrax Cases in SD
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.