AeroCollect® is a hand held device enabling herd diagnostics of a broad panel of diseases.

AeroCollect® can be used in farms for herd diagnostics.

Yes, at this point it is only validated for use in veterinary settings.

After the sample is taken in the farm, the sample is sent to the laboratories of AeroCollect®. When we receive the samples, the results are sent to the costumers within 2 working days.

The AeroCollect® method is validated against the golden standard used at the moment, and is only accepted if the method is at least as good at the method used today.

The AeroCollect® method is validated for a range of bacteria and virus in different applications. The status can be seen here.

The standard method for sampling is optimized for each application:

  • Poultry: 5 min air sample collected from each house
  • Mink: slowly walk along the cages – each sample chamber should not be used for more than 10.000 minks
  • Pigs: 15 min air sample collected from the walkway in all sections of the farm

One of the advantages with the AeroCollect® methods are that it is possible to do directly sequencing to determine the viral or bacterial strain on the samples collected from the air.

It is possible to pause the sampling during the testing and continue later.

The collected air samples do not need to be transported in any specific manner.

Trouble shooting

The AeroCollect® instrument is designed so that it will only start the sample collection procedure if two requirements are fulfilled.

  • There should remain enough energy in the batteries so that the 400 V potential can be upheld
    To see if this is the issue change the batteries
  • The sample chamber is inserted correctly
    To see if this is the issue ensure that the sample chamber is inserted correctly; try to reinsert it

Should the two actions above not solve the issue the AerCollect® instrument should be submitted for service.

The sample chamber holder has been designed in such a way that the sample chambers cannot be pulled from the AeroCollect® during operation. To release the sample chamber, lift the front of the chamber while pulling it out to release the sample chamber.

If operated for more than an hour in very dusty environments the sample chambers may get blocked eventually and hence no more sample is collected from this point. The sample chambers may still be analysed for the presence of pathogens though. To check if the sample chamber inserted in the AeroCollect® instrument is blocked try and block the inlet hole of the sample chamber while the pump is running. If the sample chamber is blocked the sound of the pump should not change. If the sample chamber is not blocked either the sound of the pump should change, or it should stop completely.