Screening samples from the environment instead of the animal via more sensitive methods, such as Exhaust Air Dust (EAD®) or environmental PCR testing, allows you to reduce or eliminate the need for sentinel animals. Additionally, this method overcomes the known limitations of soiled-bedding sentinels for detecting certain rodent infectious agents.
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This is a story about two laboratory animal employees trying to overcome the known limitations of soiled-bedding sentinel testing.
The following are various alternative health monitoring (HM) testing options that are based on the type of animal rack system employed in your vivarium.