Biovet is proud to announce the improvement of its PCR test for dermatophyte detection. Dermatophytes, also commonly known as ringworm, are common fungal agents involved in skin, hair and claw mycoses. The main zoophilic species detected are: Microsporum canis (by far the most common), Trichophyton spp (benhamiae, bullosum, equinum, erinacei, mentagrophytes, quinckeanum, simii, verrucosum) and Nannizzia gypsea (essentially a geophilic species, formerly known as Microsporum gypseum). These three species or species complexes are now detected using a new real-time PCR multiplex (qPCR), more sensitive than regular PCR..
The results will be returned semi-quantitatively (Ct).
|Ct > 38||Negative|
|35 < Ct < 38||Suspect|
|30 < Ct < 35||Weak positive|
|25 < Ct < 30||Average positive|
|Ct < 25||Strong positive|
Specimen to submit:
We recommend that at least a dozen hairs be submitted (sensitivity apparently increases with the number of hairs submitted) in a tightly sealed sterile container, stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator (to prevent the growth of contaminants).
It is also possible to submit culture media for dermatophytes that have been seeded with hair.
This test will be performed 3 to 4 times a week.
Please feel free to contact us for further information.