The first USDA-licensed, PCR-based solution for the detection of avian influenza

Thermo Fisher Scientific animal health products have been at the forefront of recent advances in production animal diagnostics, and now supply some of the leading modern diagnostic tools to veterinary laboratories around the world.

In keeping with our continued development of next-generation molecular tools, we're proud to announce the availability of our USDA-licensed VetMAX™-Gold AIV Detection Kit: a rapid PCR-based testing solution that detects avian influenza with a high level of specificity, sensitivity, and reproducibility.

Avian influenza (AI) is a highly contagious viral disease that can infect several species of birds, such as chickens, turkeys, quails, guinea fowls, and ducks. It is caused by an A-type influenza virus: a single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the orthomyxoviridae family. AI can present many signs in birds, from a minor disease with few or no clinical signs, to a disease that can quickly become fatal and lead to a serious epidemic.

Low pathogenicity AI viruses can cause various clinical problems ranging from infections to drops in egg production. Highly pathogenic avian influenza belonging to H5, H7, and H9 subtypes can cause severe disease with high morbidity and mortality rates in commercial poultry operations. Virus transmission between birds occurs mainly by respiratory secretion and fecal material, but can also happen indirectly, through bird droppings carrying the virus, or contaminated food, water, and materials.

A federally approved detection kit for avian influenza

The licensing of the VetMAX™-Gold AIV Detection Kit is based on the successful completion of the USDA’s stringent review process, which confirms both the effectiveness of our real-time PCR test and the compliance of our manufacturing site’s production and quality systems.

Veterinary diagnosticians rely on our molecular reagents and instrumentation to detect and control disease. Now, with our VetMAX™-Gold AIV product, they have a federally approved diagnostic test for avian influenza that contains all the necessary reagents and controls in a single detection kit.

Confidence in results

Our USDA-licensed kit screens 3 unique regions within the influenza A genome, providing a rapid test solution that is designed to consistently detect AIV with a high degree of sensitivity and specificity.

Fast product release

A simplified, validated workflow for the extraction and detection of avian influenza helps labs streamline their testing process, and poultry producers accelerate the speed of commerce.

Enables greater cost savings

The technology behind real-time PCR enables greater testing consistency and reproducibility, which helps to significantly reduce instances of inconsistent results and retesting.

The advantages of real-time PCR

There are several diagnostic methods, such as homebrew solutions, that help with the identification of avian influenza. These methods have their advantages and disadvantages, some of which can result in increased costs, inconsistent results, and testing inefficiencies.

An alternative to these methods, the VetMAX™-Gold AIV Detection Kit uses a real-time PCR technology that helps deliver rapid results with a high degree of specificity, sensitivity and reproducibility. These are just a few of the ways that our VetMAX™-Gold AIV Detection Kit compares to homebrew solutions:

 VetMAX™-Gold AIV Detection KitHomebrew
USDA-licensedApproved by USDANo
Quality controlUSDA oversees quality control process and the release of every batchNo USDA oversight, less stringent quality control standards
ConsistencyEnables consistent results across batchesLess consistency from batch to batch
Multiple targetsTargets 3 different sequences within the virusTypically targets one sequence, potentially more susceptible to mutations
WorkflowOptimized workflow, MagMAX™ and VetMAX™-Gold AIV Detection KitOften lacks an optimized workflow
SupportSupport for the entire workflowNo

Who can order and use the kit?

In the US, any laboratory that has received authorization from the state veterinarian to order and use this kit for the diagnosis of avian influenza. Similar product use restrictions may exist in other countries at the discretion of the relevant veterinary authority.