Deer Tick Testing - a new approach
Analytical Services, Inc.
PCR: $65, dead or alive. Ziplock bag, no tape, overnight it. Turn-around time: 5 business days
Connecticut Pathologies Laboratories, Inc.
PCR test: $49, dead or alive, Lyme Disease only. Turn-around time: 1 week.
Palo Alto, CA
PCR test: $55, dead or alive. Can test for 5 things @ $55/test.
Turn-around time: 10 to 12 business days; ziplock bag.
Medical Diagnostic Laboratories
Mt. Laurel, NJ
PCR test: $155 plus doctor's prescription; dead or alive
New Jersey Laboratories
New Brunswick, NJ
Culture: $60, freshly dead or alive with no chemicals used to remove tick, Lyme Disease
PCR: $175, dead or alive
In a labor intensive PCR Test (Preliminary Chain Reaction), a lab tech looks for the DNA of the pathogen on dead or live ticks. Send in whole ticks. “Anytime you have a piece of an organism missing, there's always the possibility you can miss identifying the pathogen," Sean Healy advises.
In an antigen test, the surface of the organism is detected. “We look specifically for the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, Borrelia burgdorferi," says Janine Banks, client services supervisor at Analytical Services, Inc.
To get you dog's serum tested for the disease, this lab is noted as one of the region's best:
University of CT. Vet Diagnostic Lab
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published May 28, 2004