Herpes-simplex virus 1 and 2 PCR


HSV 1 and 2 cause a range of infections including orophanangeal ulceration and genital infection, herpetic whitlow and ocular infection. Severe infections include encephalitis and neonatal herpes. There is the risk of disseminated infection in the immunocompromised. This qualitative PCR assay is used for the detection of HSV 1 and 2 in a range of samples, contributing to patient management in a number of ways including the initiation or continuation of antiviral therapy, the reduction in the use of empirical antibiotics in the case of neonatal sepsis and encephalitis, and the practice of infection control measures. The assay includes an internal control for control of both the nucleic extraction and amplification processes.

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Additional information

This assay differentiates between HSV type 1 and HSV type 2

Sending address

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control Level 4, Camelia Botnar Laboratories Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Great Ormond Street London WC1N 3JH DX number: DX6640203 DX Exchange: Bloomsbury 91WC

Laboratory service

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Sample requirements

Swab (in viral transport medium, available on request), vesicle fluid (in viral transport medium), EDTA whole blood or plasma (2ml in appropriate blood tube), serum 5ml (in clotted blood tube), CSF (minimum 200ul), NPA, BAL, biopsy of any relevant organ (all in sterile container)

Reference range

Not applicable

Turnaround time

24 hours

Disease / group

Viral infection


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Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Our laboratory performs a wide range of routine and specialist investigations in Bacteriology, Virology and PCR.

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