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DNA Testing - Bacteria, Mold, Protozoa, Viruses ID

Environmental, food, and research professionals turn to EMSL Analytical, Inc. for molecular testing. Let EMSL help you Identify your unknown by calling us toll free at 1-800-220-3675!

DNA Testing Laboratory Services
  • Pathogen Detection & Identification in Environmental and Food Specimens
  • Fungal Identification
  • Bacterial Identification
  • Protozoa Identification
  • Viral Identification
  • Fecal Pollution Identification and Source Tracking
  • Species & Strain Identification (Cultured / Uncultured Organisms)
  • Unknown Biological Material Identifications

Case Study:

DNA Detection and Identification: Rodent, Bird, Bat, and Raccoon Droppings
In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have observed an increasing number of human illness cases that are directly related to animal dropping contact. Searching for rodent droppings during a facility inspection is an effective approach for confirming animal infestation and for safeguarding the health of your clients.

Rodents (mouse and rat) have been responsible for outbreaks of plague, Leptospirosis, and several fevers. Rodent pathogens include Hantavirus, Lassa virus, Leptospirosis bacteria, and rat-bite bacteria. Rodents can also carry parasites that transmit Lyme disease, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis to humans. If suspect rodent droppings are discovered, simply place a few droppings within a zip lock-style bag and submit them to EMSL for the Rodent Dropping DNA Test. This DNA test is very sensitive and it allows EMSL to analyze suspect fecal samples for both mouse and rat-specific DNA elements. Surface swabs or surface dust can also be submitted for analysis.

Bird and bat droppings are reservoirs for opportunistic fungi than can cause two important human diseases: histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis. Histoplasmosis is caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. Histoplasma lives in the environment, usually in association with large quantities of bird or bat droppings. Lung infection can occur after a person inhales airborne spores during construction, excavation, or demolition.

Cryptococcosis is an infection caused by fungi that belong to the genus Cryptococcus. While there are over 30 different species of Cryptococcus, one species of primary concern is Cryptococcus neoformans. Inhalation of C. neoformans spores can result in lung infection that could spread to other parts of the body and cause serious illness. Cryptococcus is found within soil throughout the world, usually in association with the presence of bird droppings, especially pigeon droppings. It is commonly found within debris from pigeon roosts and soil contaminated with decaying pigeon or chicken droppings. If suspect bird or bat droppings are discovered, simply place a few droppings within a zip lock-style bag and submit them to EMSL for DNA analysis. Surface swabs or air samples can also be submitted for analysis.

In addition to rodents, birds, and bats, raccoons can harbor human pathogens as well. Raccoons can carry intestinal parasites such as Baylisascaris procyonis roundworms. Baylisascaris-infected raccoons have been found within the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and West Coast regions of the United States. Raccoons defecate in communal sites, called latrines. Human exposure to raccoon droppings can occur at latrine sites - attics, garages, decks, patios, and roofs. Human Baylisascaris infection is caused by accidental ingestion of infectious eggs. Anyone who is exposed to environments where raccoons frequent is potentially at risk. Young children or developmentally disabled persons are at highest risk of infection as they may be more likely to put contaminated fingers, soil, or objects into their mouths. If suspect raccoon droppings are discovered, simply place a few droppings within a zip lock-style bag and submit them to EMSL for DNA analysis. Surface swabs and soil can also be submitted for analysis.

The winter season has begun. Rodents, birds, bats, and raccoons are looking for a warm place to call home. Inspect your clients' facilities for signs of rodent, bird, bat or raccoon droppings. If suspect fecal material is discovered, submit samples for laboratory testing. If required, take the appropriate steps to perform a proper remediation or contact a pest removal specialist. Please visit the CDC website for additional information about these human pathogens.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. offers these supporting laboratory analyses:

  • Rodent Droppings: DNA Test by PCR, present/absent, M271, report in 3 business days.
  • Bird and Bat Dropping Pathogens: Histoplasma capsulatum DNA Test by PCR, present/absent, M208, report in 3 business days, or Cryptococcus neoformans DNA Test by PCR, present/absent, M143, report in 3 business days.
  • Raccoon Roundworm: (Baylisascaris procyonis) DNA Test by PCR, present/absent, M236, report in 3 business days.
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Full list of services provided for DNA and PCR Testing Laboratory ( click for details )
DNA and PCR Testing Laboratory - Bacteria   Anaplasma phagocytophilum
   Borrelia burgdorferi Lyme disease
   Chlamydophila psittaci
   Clostridium difficile
   Detection of Clostridium botulinum Types A, B, E, and F Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
   E. coli 0157:H7 qPCR
   Helicobacter pylori
   Identification of Unknown Bacteria and Fungi by DNA Sequencing
   Mycobacterium avium
   Mycobacterium tuberculosis
   Salmonella spp
   Shigella spp by qPCR and Culture (Corporate NJ lab only)
   Shigella spp.
DNA and PCR Testing Laboratory - ERMI   EPA's Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) 36 Panel
   Water Damage 10 Panel
   Water Damage 15 Panel
   Water Damage 20 Panel
DNA and PCR Testing Laboratory - Fecal Identification (Human vs. Animal)   Bacteroides sp.
   Human Bacteroides spp.
   Rodent Dropping
   Total Enterococcus
DNA and PCR Testing Laboratory - Fungi/Mold   Candida auris
   Cryptococcus neoformans
   EPA's Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) 36 Panel
   Histoplasma capsulatum
   Identification of Unknown Bacteria and Fungi by DNA Sequencing
   Penicillium, Common Mycotoxin-Producing, 13-Species Panel
   Penicillium, Common Mycotoxin-Producing, 5-Species Panel
   Penicillium, Common Mycotoxin-Producing, 9-Species Panel
   Wood Rot Fungi
DNA and PCR Testing Laboratory - Lyme Disease Tick Identification   Anaplasma phagocytophilum
   Babesia microti
   Borrelia burgdorferi Lyme disease
Other   Acanthamoeba spp.
  Aromatic Hydrocarbon Biodegradation Markers
  Aspergillus Common 10 Panel
  Aspergillus Comprehensive 15 Panel
  Aspergillus Nosocomial 6 Panel
  Baylisascaris procyonis
  Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius)
  COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) by qPCR
  Giardia spp.
  Human norovirus RT-qPCR
  Naegleria fowleri
Laboratories providing DNA and PCR Testing Laboratory ( click for details )
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