Field Studies, Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens

Laboratory Details

Division:
Zoonotics and Special Pathogens
Address:
1015 Arlington Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3E 3R2
Phone:
(204) 789-7434 or (204) 789-6070
Fax:
(204) 789-2082
Description:

The Field Studies section provides reference and diagnostic services for selected zoonotic disease agents including:

  • Anaplasma phagocytophilum
  • Babesia  species including B. microti, B. duncani and B. divergens
  • Bartonella species including B. henselae and B. quintana
  • Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) sensu stricto and B. burgdorferi sensu lato including B. mayonii and European genospecies B. afzelii and B. garinii
  • Colorado tick fever virus*
  • Eastern equine encephalitis virus*
  • Ehrlichia chaffeensis
  • Francisella tularensis*
  • Leptospira species
  • Heartland J virus*
  • Hantaviruses including Sin Nombre virus and Seoul virus*
  • Powassan encephalitis virus including prototypic POWV and Deer tick virus (DTV)*
  • Relapsing Fever Borrelia including B. hermsii and B. miyamotoi
  • West Nile virus*

In addition, the section undertakes outbreak investigations, national surveillance and research studies related to these zoonotic disease agents. Research interests include field- and laboratory-based investigations on the factors determining the distribution and prevalence of zoonotic diseases in Canada with emphasis on tick-borne (e.g., Lyme disease), mosquito-borne (e.g., West Nile virus) and rodent-associated diseases (e.g., hantaviruses). Results of these activities are used to better inform interested parties (including the general public, non-governmental and governmental agencies) about the relative risks of contracting these zoonotic diseases in Canada and form the basis for recommendations about how best to prevent or minimize exposure to these pathogens. Applied research interests include development and optimization of assays to detect emerging tick and mosquito-borne pathogens. The section also performs a reference role by providing proficieny panels and technical expertise to external clients.

* The Field Studies section performs testing for these pathogens on samples collected from non-human sources such as ticks, mosquitoes and rodents

Proficiency Panels

Proficiency Panels
Proficiency Panel Pathogen
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Ehrlichia chaffeensis
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Babesia spp.
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Anaplasma phagocytophilum
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Borrelia miyamotoi
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato
Eastern equine encephalitis virus Detection in Mosquitoes by RT-PCR Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEEV)
West Nile Virus Detection in Mosquitoes by RT-PCR West Nile virus (WNV)

Proficiency Panel Reports

Requisition Form

Reference Diagnostic Tests

Reference Diagnostic Tests
Pathogen Test Category Reference Diagnostic Test
Anaplasma phagocytophilum Molecular Detection Molecular Detection
Anaplasma phagocytophilum Serology Indirect Immunofluorescent Assay (IFA) – IgG
Babesia spp. Molecular Detection Molecular Detection
Bartonella henselae Serology Indirect Immunofluorescent Assay (IFA) - IgG
Bartonella quintana Serology Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) - IgG
Bartonella spp. Molecular Detection Molecular Detection by PCR
Borrelia afzelii Serology Immunoblot (Western Blot) – IgG
Borrelia burgdorferi Serology Detection of IgG/IgM Antibodies by ELISA
Borrelia burgdorferi Serology Detection of IgG antiobodies in cerebrospinal fluid by ELISA
Borrelia burgdorferi Serology Immunoblot (Western Blot) – IgG
Borrelia burgdorferi Serology Immunoblot (Line Blot) – IgM
Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato Molecular Detection and Genotyping Molecular Detection by PCR and Sequencing
Borrelia garinii Serology Immunoblot (Western Blot) – IgG
Borrelia hermsii Serology Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) – IgG
Ehrlichia chaffeensis Molecular Detection Molecular Detection by PCR
Ehrlichia chaffeensis Serology Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) – IgG
Francisella tularensis Serology Microagglutination Test (MAT)
Francisella tularensis Molecular Detection Molecular Detection of Francisella tularensis in Non-human Specimens
Leptospira spp. Molecular Detection and Genotyping Detection of Leptospira species by PCR and sequencing
Leptospira spp. Serology Microagglutination test (MAT)
Leptospira spp. Serology Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) -IgM
Relapsing fever Borrelia Molecular Detection and Genotyping Molecular Detection by PCR and Sequencing