Anaplasma platys (A. platys) (formerly Ehrlichia platys) was first identified and described in 1978 in Florida, USA, as a Rickettsia-like, platelet-specific organism in dogs with infectious canine cyclic thrombocytopenia (ICCT). Infections with A. platys are spread by ticks, particularly the brown dog ticks. Dogs may co-infect with Ehrlichia canis and Babesia canis or other vector-borne pathogens that share the same vector.
A. platys detection by PCR is the most sensitive and specific method. However, conventional PCR takes three to four hours and requires delicate machines as well as well-trained technicians to perform the test. GeneReach has developed PetNADTM Anaplasma platys Detection Kitbased on iiPCR technology, which significantly reduces the reaction time, and is as sensitive and specific as the conventional PCR for A. platys detection. The assay has been simplified for easier and faster operation using compact equipments for A. platys detection in the clinic.