Influenza A (PCR) (Canine, Equine, and Swine Influenza)

Preferred Sample

Nasal swab, lung. Do not pool samples.




Days Tested


Turnaround Time

1-3 business days from test day


This assay targets the RNA of a portion of the matrix gene of the Influenza A virus. For canines this assay is available as part of the Canine Respiratory Panel.


Canine | Equine | Feline | Porcine | Other

Shipping Requirements

To ensure inclusion in the test run, samples should arrive the day prior to test day.

Additional Instructions

The preferred specimen can vary depending on the agent, species of animal, and manifestation of disease. If you are unsure of the suitability of the specimen for a particular disease or agent, please contact the laboratory.

Submit swabs in sterile, redtop tubes (without additives) or other sterile screwcap containers to with a small amount of saline (enough to cover the fibrous head of the swab) to maintain moisture. Viral transport media and universal transport media are also acceptable. Gel, such as culturette media or the type found in serum separator tubes, can inhibit PCR and should not be tested. Bacterial transport containers are not appropriate for PCR testing. If bacterial culture is also requested, please submit a second swab in the appropriate bacterial transport container.

Surveillance sample turn around time is within 1 day from receipt of sample.