The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services’ (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa has depleted its supply of ChemBio DPP kits to test for tuberculosis (TB) in cervids. The manufacturer predicts that production of DPP test kits will resume no earlier than April 2017.
Serum samples can still be submitted to NVSL, but they will be frozen and tested once the kits are available again. Frozen samples will be tested in order, based on the date the samples were received at NVSL.
If testing is needed for immediate movement, accredited veterinarians may conduct official single cervical skin tests. Serum samples for herd reaccreditation can still be submitted to NVSL, but they will be frozen and tested once the kits are available. The date that the sample is received at NVSL will be the date used for accreditation purposes—not the date that the DPP test is actually performed.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Questions about submitted samples may be directed to Dr. David Kinker, with NVSL, at 515-337-7563. For questions about cervid TB testing related to herd reaccreditation or movement, please contact Dr. Nancy Hannaway, with APHIS’ Veterinary Services Cervid Health Team, at 970-494-7585.