Evira decreaces bacteriological diagnostic services for small animals


<p>At the beginning of May 2014, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira will not any more perform diagnostic testing of bacteriological samples from pets. Testing for <em>Borrelia</em>, <em>Anaplasma</em> and <em>Erlichia</em> <em>canis</em> antibodies will be discontinued by the end of 2014 at the latest.</p>

With similar services being available from other laboratories, the number of samples processed by these diagnostic services has not been significant. The information on the situation regarding resistance of pets to antibiotics of pathogenic bacteria required by Evira is obtained from the clinical diagnostic microbiological laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Testing of Brucella canis and Leptospira antibodies will be continued as well as culture diagnostics for Brucella, Mycoplasma and Mycobacterium.

Bacteriological diagnostics related to autopsies on pets will also continue, as will bacteriological diagnostics and antibody testing of samples from horses.

Diagnostics of bacterial zoonotic infections in pets related to human disease will be performed by separate agreement only.

Inquiries concerning the availability of antibody testing can be made from Helsinki Laboratory Section, Evira’s Veterinary Bacterology Research Unit tel. +358 (0)50 316 1129, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Further information:
Jaana Seppänen, Senior Researcher, Veterinary Bacteriology Research Unit
tel. +358 (0)50 435 1712
Kirsti Pelkola, Senior Researcher, Veterinary Bacteriology Research Unit
tel. +358 (0)40 489 3385



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