Lyme Disease- Borrelia burgdorferi (PCR)

Preferred Sample

EDTA whole blood (1 ml minimum), skin biopsy at site of lesion

Fee

$40

Acceptable Samples

Tissues (lymph node, synovium), Fluid (cerebrospinal fluid, synovial), Culture in BSK-H, ticks*

 

Schedule

Days Tested

TUE

Turnaround Time

1-2 business days from test day

Description

This assay targets the DNA of a portion of the flagellin gene from multiple isolates of the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi complex, including foreign genospecies. Samples or ticks are only accepted from veterinary species. Samples or ticks from humans and non-human primates are NOT accepted.

Species

Bovine | Canine | Feline | Equine | Ovine | Caprine | Porcine | Wildlife Exotic | Other

Shipping Requirements

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

Additional Instructions

The spleen or kidney should not be tested.

*Ticks must be identified as a vector species prior to testing, which include the blacklegged tick (deer tick) or the western blacklegged tick. The American dog tick/wood tick is not considered a vector species. Contact NDSU Entomology for identification. We highly recommend blood from the patient be submitted over deer ticks. A negative or positive result from a deer tick does not necessarily mean the patient will have the same result.