Unfortunately, we are not able to accept samples from abortions or stillbirths for testing, with the exception of maternal serology.
The reasons for this are:
- our routine sample handling facilities are not suitable for samples likely containing the zoonotic pathogens associated with abortion
- we cannot offer the full range of tests in-house
Both APHA and SRUC offer abortion investigation packages and these are subsidised by government as part of scanning surveillance. Going forward, when we receive samples from abortions or stillbirths, these, with the enclosed paperwork, will be forwarded directly to SRUC for testing.
Although we cannot accept samples from abortions or stillbirths, we are happy to discuss cases, sample selection and offer advice based on laboratory findings. We are also happy to receive samples from on farm post-mortem examinations for diagnostic testing. Please make sure all samples are packed appropriately in rigid containers and always include absorbent material.