Molecular Diagnostics

All suspected methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), S. pseudintermedius (MRSP) or S. schleiferi (MRSS) isolates are tested by PCR for confirmation of mecA/mecC carriage.

Furthermore, we have expanded our diagnostic PCR panel for detection of infectious agents or bacterial strain typing to include:

  • Streptococcus equi ssp. equi (alongside bacterial culture)
  • C. perfringens (biotyping, enterotoxin and β2 toxin detection)
  • C. difficile toxA/B detection (toxA/B PCR and immuno-chromatography)
  • Leptospira spp. (genus specific, differentiation of pathogenic and non-pathogenic serovars)
  • Staphylococcus aureus ST398 screening        
  • Multilocus Sequence Typing for E. coli, Pseudomonas spp., Acinetobacter spp.