The laboratory will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Update: HPAI in Cattle

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was recently detected in cattle. Visit the USDA website for more information: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/livestock-poultry-disease/avian/avian-influenza/hpai-detections/livestock 

The NDSU VDL is approved to perform HPAI testing in mammals; however, testing must be performed on National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN)-approved samples. HPAI is still considered a foreign animal disease, meaning that requests for testing must meet clinical criteria and need to go through the state veterinarian’s office for approval and initiation of a foreign animal disease investigation.

Please contact the North Dakota Board of Animal Health for HPAI requests (701-328-2655). Contact with the state veterinarian is imperative to ensure proper samples are procured by the submitter and that all foreign animal disease (FAD) procedures are followed. Visit our HPAI in Cattle Testing Guidance page for additional information.

Featured image: Digitally-colorized transmission electron microscopic image of influenza A virons. PHIL# 11215.