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HSV 1 & 2, VZV by PCR - Body Fluid

Alternate test name

Herpes Simplex Virus, Varicella Zoster Virus, Herpesviruses

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
  • sterile body fluids
Specimen requirements
  • Sterile screw top container for sterile body fluids
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


Disease condition

HSV-1 and HSV-2:

  • Ocular herpes simplex Infection
  • disseminated herpes simplex infection
  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis                                       


  • Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus
  • disseminated infection
  • Encephalitis
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