Samples for official AI testing must be collected by individuals trained and certified as authorized poultry testing agents. Once samples are collected, there is one diagnostic laboratory in Minnesota that is approved for testing samples for avian influenza by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). For detailed information on sample submission and testing for AI PCR, contact:
Phone: (800) 605-8787
View the U o M VDL’s testing schedule.
Alternatively, samples may also be submitted to:
Phone: (605) 688-5171
Avian Influenza PCR test questions: sdsu.pcrlab
General laboratory questions: sdsu.adrdl
Testing and Reporting Schedule
University of Minnesota VDL
July 4 Weekend Holiday Schedule
- The courier schedule will run from Melrose and Willmar at the usual 9:00 am and 3:00 pm time slots on Friday July 3 and Sunday July 5. There will be no courier service on Saturday July 4 so samples collected that day need to be refrigerated.
- After the holiday weekend, normal courier service resumes from both Melrose and Willmar locations.
UM-VDL Test Schedule
- Samples received on Friday July 3 by 12:00 noon will be tested that day. Samples received in the afternoon will be tested Sunday July 5. There will be no testing of samples July 4 (Saturday).
Effective Monday July 6, 2015, the schedule for avian influenza (AI) virus PCR testing at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UM-VDL) will be as follows:
Pre-Movement and Control Area Surveillance Testing
- Samples delivered to the UM-VDL by 12:00 noon will be tested and reported the same day. Results should be available by 5:00 pm. Any permits needed with this test result will be issued for movement on the next calendar day
- Samples submitted to the UM-VDL after 12:00 noon will be tested the following morning beginning at 9am. Results should be available by 1:00 pm. Any permits needed with this test result will be issued for movement on a 24 hour period from the time the test result is available (e.g. Results available by 1:00 pm on 7/2/15 will have a permit issued for movement from 1:00 pm on 7/2/15 to 1:00 pm on 7/3/15).
Sick Bird AI Testing
- Samples for same day sick bird testing will be accepted until 8:00 pm. Contact the UM-VDL by phone at 800-605-8787 and ask for either Dr. Rob Porter or Dr. Sunil Mor. Drs. Porter and Mor can also be reached during the day or after hours at 952-847-3476 (Dr. Porter) or 612-325-4620 (Dr. Mor). Producers can also call the sick bird hotline at 320-214-6700 extension 3804
South Dakota State University ADRDL
All samples received at the ADRDL by 1:00 pm each day will receive same day test results. Results are typically available between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Note: If producers have a suspect flock, they shouldn’t hesitate to call ADRDL and request same-day results, even after 1:00 pm.
Sample Drop-Off Sites
All samples dropped off at one of the sites below must be accompanied by a completed submission form. Submission forms must reflect the site the birds were sampled at and the date the samples were collected.
Melrose Fire Station @ 405 N 2nd Ave E, Melrose, MN
Samples can be dropped off between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm. These samples will be couriered directly to the VDL twice each day at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Willmar Law Enforcement Center @ 2201 23rd St NE, Suite 103, Willmar, MN
Samples can be dropped off between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. These samples will be couriered directly to the VDL twice each day at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Sleepy Eye – Brown County Offices 300 2nd Ave, Sleepy Eye, MN
Samples can be dropped off between 8:30 am and 10:00 am. These samples will be transported to the VDL by the 3:00 pm Willmar courier.
As we work to contain and get rid of HPAI in Minnesota, it is extremely important that backyard flock owners and poultry producers report sick or dead birds. Reports can be made in the following ways:
- Call the reporting hotline at (320) 214-6700, ext. 3804
- Fill out our online form
- Contact your veterinarian or the Board of Animal Health
If you notice any of the following in your flock, a report should be made immediately:
- Unusual or high death loss
- Influenza-like signs such as nasal secretions, puffy eyes, ruffled feathers or a drop in egg production
- Loss of appetite with decreased food and water consumption
- Paralysis and other nervous signs
- Lack of vocalization