Microbiology - Virology
DHSV (Tissue, BAL, aspirate); CNSP (CSF); HERP (Swabs)
Please consult laboratory if urgent.
Place small samples into virus transport medium to prevent drying. Place bigger specimens into a sterile container.
If neonatal disseminated HSV is suspected an EDTA blood sample (lavender top) should be submitted after discussion with a CHL Microbiologist.
Refer to CSF CNS infectious screen for full details https://www.chl.co.nz/test/csf-cns-pcr-infectious-screen/
Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
Detection and subtyping of HSV DNA. Nucleic acid extraction, PCR amplification and detection.
Contact Canterbury Health Laboratories on +64 3 364 0484 or email LabInfo@cdhb.health.nz
If more than one PCR detection is performed there is an additional charge. e.g HSV and VZ
Diagnostic testing for Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is very helpful when a clinical diagnosis is uncertain (especially in immunocompromised individuals), where atypical lesions are present or when antiviral therapy is contemplated.
These assay can be used for the detection and subtyping of HSV nucleic acid from all samples and sites excluding CSF. For CSF testing refer to Herpes simplex virus - CSF.