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Rat Sentinel Program Overview



Overview


Rat colonies are in a regular disease surveillance program in which one or more rats are assessed quarterly for health status. Generally, dedicated sentinels acquired from an approved commercial vendor are used, but representative animals from specific colonies may also be used for health surveillance. Sentinels are replaced annually and health assessment of sentinels to confirm freedom from Mycoplasma pulmonis, coronavirus, Sendai virus and helminth parasites is done at or before deployment.



Rats acquired for research purposes at Emory University must meet defined health standards and those from non-conventional sources are subjected to rigorous health assessment and quarantine practices. A detailed description of the quarantine program can be found at: Rodent Quarantine Program.



Our Animal Care and Use Committee requires that tumors, tissues and biologicals inoculated into live rodents be shown to be pathogen-free using PCR technology.




Health Assessments


The minimum assessment consists of serology for Mycoplasma pulmonis, coronavirus, Sendai virus, SDAV (Sialodacryoadenitis virus), Kilham’s Rat virus, Toolan’s H-1, RPV, RMV, NS-1 (rat parvoviruses), Reovirus-3, PVM and examinations to rule out helminths. LCMV is included where indicated. The sentinel program is supported by a necropsy program for rodent clinical cases. Other than assessments done in conjunction with clinical cases, bacteriology is not a component of routine health surveillance.



Emory University colonies are not regularly screened, but are believed to be free of the following pathogens: CAR Bacillus, Hantavirus, Corynebacterium kutscheri, Streptobacillus moniliformis, Salmonella, and pathogenic streptococci.



Rats from Emory University are potentially colonized with the following organisms: Helicobacter spp, Pasteurella pneumotropica, Proteus spp, staphylococci, fecal coliforms and enterococci.




Colony Practices


Rodent housing rooms, except under special conditions, are under negative relative air pressure with respect to adjacent corridors. Rats may be housed in solid bottom cages without filter tops, in static filter top cages, in ventilated caging systems, or in suspended stainless steel cages. Cages, food, water and bedding for immunocompetent rats typically are not autoclaved prior to use, but cages are sanitized at 180°F. Personnel entering rooms must wear dedicated gowns and latex gloves when handling rats and use disinfectant with a parvovirus label claim.