WOAH reference laboratory for Surra (Trypanosoma evansi infection)


Diagnostic services

We provide confirmatory diagnostic services for Surra and other animal trypanosomoses. We use CATT for sero-diagnosis of Surra and PCR for detecting trypanosomes DNA. In addition, we can diagnose animal trypanosomes using Giemsa-stained specimen by microscopic observation.

Specimens for diagnostic tests

Serum sample and whole blood sample collected with an anti-coagulant should be sent for serological tests and PCR, respectively. Each sample should be about 1 ml and sent either chilled or frozen.

Import permit

An import permit is required for clearing the samples from the animal quarantine at the Japanese airports. The reference laboratory will obtain an import permit for each shipment. Therefore, the sender of the samples should provide the following details, at least 10 days prior to shipping date; 1) Name, address, and contact details of the sender, 2) Type (serum or whole blood) and number (exact numbers of vials) of samples, 3) Arrival port and date, 4) Name of the courier, and 5) Shipping route.

Supply of diagnostic materials

Positive control DNA

We can supply the DNA samples of Trypanosoma evansi and other trypanosomes.

Charges for our services

We are charging for our services to cover the expenses. Our current charges for surra and other animal trypanosomoses diagnostic tests per sample are as follows; 50,000 Japanese Yen (JPY) for CATT, 10,000 JPY for microscopic observation using Giemsa-stained specimen, and 15,000 JPY for PCR.

Those from developing countries, if they are unable to pay charges, are advised to contact us.

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