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The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory offering more than 800 tests in 11 service sections. In the more than 30 years since its inception, DCPAH has become one of the country's premier veterinary diagnostic laboratories, handling more than 220,000 cases involving approximately 1.5 million tests annually.

The Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health is an invaluable professional resource, making quality, trusted, and comprehensive veterinary diagnostics widely available. Income from the laboratory is reinvested in teaching, research, and outreach for the purpose of protecting human and animal welfare domestically and around the world.

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Michigan Confirms CWD in Free-Ranging Deer

LANSING, MI - The Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today confirmed that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This is the first time the disease has been found in Michigan's free-ranging deer population. In 2008 a white-tailed deer from a privately owned cervid (POC) facility in Kent County tested positive for CWD.

The deer was collected by a DNR wildlife biologist and delivered for initial testing to the DNR Wildlife Disease Laboratory. After initial tests performed at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health were suspect positive, samples were forwarded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for final confirmation. The Michigan DNR received that positive confirmation last week.

Read the full release for more information. Additional resources, including frequently asked questions and CWD surveillance and response plan are available at michigan.gov/cwd.

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Canine Influenza Confirmed in Michigan
May 21, 2015 - At least three cases of canine influenza virus have been confirmed in Michigan. This testing was not performed by the MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. Two of these cases were in Kent County and the third was in Macomb County. Because canine influenza virus is not a reportable disease, laboratories are not required to notify the state veterinarian's office of positive cases. However, DCPAH is treating canine influenza as a reportable disease and would immediately inform the State of Michigan of any positive results. Based upon available epidemiological information, Michigan dogs testing positive by the type A influenza matrix assay (which is actually capable of detecting both H3N8 and H3N2 influenza A types) are very likely to be infected by H3N2.

Canine influenza virus is one of several pathogens that can cause infectious respiratory disease in dogs. Any pet owner who suspects that their dog may be sick should see their veterinarian. Signs of illness include cough, fever, lack of appetite, and lethargy. Because signs are similar, diagnostic testing is needed to identify the specific cause of illness. A veterinarian will generally take a nasal swab and send it to a laboratory such as ours to test for viral and bacterial pathogens.

Dogs can shed viral and bacterial pathogens that cause infectious respiratory disease during the incubation period before showing any clinical signs. Testing within the first few days of illness is very important because this shedding is limited in duration.

DCPAH recommends testing for the most common causes of respiratory diseases in dogs with our canine respiratory disease core panel (# 80984) or the core panel plus (# 80985) if distemper is also suspected. We will include influenza by request for a nominal additional charge. Please indicate on the submittal form if influenza is suspected. PCR testing for canine influenza virus alone is also available. Please call us at (517) 353-1683 for more information regarding collection protocol, pricing, or with other questions.

For additional information, please see the resources below:

Canine Influenza FAQ (AVMA)
Canine Influenza Reference for Veterinarians (AVMA)
Canine Influenza: Pet Owners' Guide (AVMA)
What You Need to Know About Canine Influenza (Michigan Veterinary Medical Association)
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