The RT-qPCR test detects the genome (RNA) of Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) virus.
- 5 mL - blood - K3 EDTA tube
- 5mL - liquor (CSF) - sterile tube
- 2 to 5 working days
What is Western Equine Encephalitis?
- Western equine encephalitis (WEE) is a viral disease carried by mosquitoes. WEE occurs in the western parts of the United States, including Iowa and Canada. WEE causes “sleeping sickness” in horses.
- WEE viruses affect the nervous system, so affected animals will have fever, depression and changes in behaviour.
- Signs of infection may also include impaired vision, muscle twitches, circling or head pressing behaviours, the inability to swallow, paralysis and convulsions.
- Survival rates of horses infected with WEE is 70-80%.
- The virus is transmitted to people and horses by bites from infected mosquitoes and birds during wet, summer months
Vaccines for WEE are available for horses.
Measures to control mosquito populations and minimize mosquito exposure will decrease chances of infection.