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Field Studies

Laboratory Details

Division:
Mycobacteriology, Vector-borne and Prion Diseases
Address:
1015 Arlington Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3E 3R2
Phone #:
(204) 789-6068
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 PanelPathogen
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Anaplasma phagocytophilum
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Borrelia miyamotoi
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Ehrlichia chaffeensis
Detection of Tick-borne Pathogens by Real-time PCR Babesia spp.
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
PathogenTest CategoryReference Diagnostic Test
Anaplasma phagocytophilum Molecular Detection and Genotyping Molecular Detection
Anaplasma phagocytophilum Serology Indirect Immunofluorescent Assay (IFA) – IgG
Babesia spp. Molecular Detection and Genotyping Molecular Detection
Bartonella henselae Serology Indirect Immunofluorescent Assay (IFA) - IgG
Bartonella quintana Serology Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) - IgG
Bartonella spp. Molecular Detection and Genotyping Detection of Bartonella species by PCR and sequencing
Borrelia burgdorferi Serology Immunoblot (Western blot) - IgG
Borrelia burgdorferi Serology Immunoblot (Line blot) - IgM
Borrelia burgdorferi Serology Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) on Serum
Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato Molecular Detection and Genotyping Molecular Detection by PCR and Sequencing
Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato Serology Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) on CSF
Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato Serology Immunoblot (Line blot) - IgG
Ehrlichia chaffeensis Molecular Detection Molecular Detection by PCR
Ehrlichia chaffeensis Serology Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) – IgG
Francisella tularensis Serology Microagglutination Test (MAT) on Specimens from Non-Human Sources
Francisella tularensis Molecular Detection Molecular Detection and Typing of Francisella tularensis in Specimens from Non-Human Sources
Leptospira spp. Serology Microagglutination test (MAT)
Leptospira spp. Serology Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) -IgM
Leptospira spp. Molecular Detection and Genotyping Detection of Leptospira species by PCR and sequencing
Relapsing fever Borrelia Molecular Detection and Genotyping Molecular Detection by PCR and Sequencing