Idexx H3N2 Influenza Virus RealPCR Test
Idexx has released the H3N2 Influenza Virus RealPCR Test for rapid, reliable, and specific detection of H3N2 canine influenza virus. An avian-origin H3N2 strain identified in Asia around 2006 was determined to be the cause of a recent widespread canine influenza outbreak in the Chicago area. This highly contagious strain had previously been reported only in Asia but is now spreading among the dog population in the US. Idexx said its test is available on a standalone basis, but that it has also been added to the company's existing Comprehensive Canine Respiratory Disease RealPCR panels.