The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory has been approved by the NAHLN system to offer PCR testing for the novel H1N1 influenza in samples obtained from various domestic species of animals. Nasal or pharyngeal swabs should be placed in a sterile tube with brain heart infusion broth (BHIB) or with a few drops of sterile saline, tightly sealed, immediately chilled and sent on cold packs for overnight delivery to the laboratory.
Accession forms for the laboratory can be obtained here.
There is a fee of $50 for each PCR test.
Positive samples will be sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) for confirmatory testing.
Please call the lab (860) 486-3738 for more information.