Summer 2016 Newsletter
Meet our Virology Team!

Pictured left to right: Ariel Werner, Katrina Miller (Lab Supervisor), Scott Gentry, Dr. Sam Yingst (Section Head), Arthur Armstrong and Sara Gertsch

The Virology Section at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory offers several options for diagnosis of viral disease. Virus isolation (VI) and fluorescent antibody (FA) testing are the primary test methods performed in this section. The lab maintains several cell lines for use in on demand virus isolation and stocks an extensive collection of antibodies for use in the FA test. Species tested range from porcine and bovine to small animals as well as various wild animals such as raccoon and deer. Recent viruses of interest have been the isolation of EHD in deer as well as the influenza outbreak in dogs. In addition to VI and FA, the virology section performs ELISA testing on ear notch and serum samples looking for both acutely and persistently infected BVD cattle. Electron microscopy utilizing negative staining is also performed in Virology and is a useful tool for ID of unknown viruses as well as the diagnosis of enteric disease.

The Virology section is led by Dr. Sam Yingst and is supervised by Katrina Miller. Currently there are four technicians performing testing. Art Armstrong (cell culture), Ariel Werner (Virus Isolation/EM) and Sara Gertsch (FA/ELISA). Scott Gentry provides support in the cell culture laboratory and additional areas as the need arises.

In the future, the Virology Section plans to offer a range of new tests to meet the changing needs of our clientele. For example, we are assessing options for influenza virus antigenic characterization and anti-influenza antibody detection to assist in vaccination decisions. We are striving to utilize next generation sequencing methodology as a potential adjunct or enhancement of several tests. We strive to provide maximally efficient, relevant service and we welcome your feedback.

For a list of tests available in Virology, please visit our Tests & Fees page or contact the Virology section. If, at any time, you have questions about what tests are offered, need help determining the appropriate test method, or clarification on results, you may call the ADDL at 765-494-7440 and ask to speak to the Virology section.

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