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Human Herpes Group (HSV 1& 2, VZV) by PCR - Oral

Alternate test name

Herpes Simplex Virus, Varicella Zoster Virus, mucositis.

Gene name / Alternate gene name


Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
Within 4 days
Specimen type
  • Swab of oral lesions
Specimen requirements
  • Oral swab in universal transport medium       
Storage and transportation
  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs
Special requirements
  • DO NOT use a charcoal swab. Specimen on charcoal swab will be rejected.
Disease condition

HSV-1 and HSV-2:

  • Gingivostomatitis/mucositis
  • Cold sore                              


  • Chickenpox



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