Equine Piroplasmosis Testing Offered in Kentucky

After passing a rigorous proficiency testing program, the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) was approved by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory to begin testing horses for equine piroplasmosis on Monday, May 17. These tests detect antibodies to Babesia caballi and Theileria (babesia) equi and they can be ordered individually or as a panel.

Currently these tests are not listed on the LDDC accession form. Individuals need to write on the accession sheet which test(s) they want. Each test costs $15.00 for horses located within the state of Kentucky. A panel of both tests costs $30.00. Turnaround time will be 24 hours from date of testing. Specimens received from out-of-state will be billed at $17.00 each ($34.00 for the two-test panel).

For more information contact Dr. Deborah Williams or Meg Steinman at LDDC: 859/253-0571.

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