Infectious Disease Laboratories:Virology
Skin, lip, genital, conjunctiva, throat, NPH swabs/aspirates, stool or stool swab in M4
Flocked swab in M4M
1.5 mL aspirate or inoculated viral transport media (M4M)
Cause for rejection:
Specimen dry, fixed in preservative or not in proper viral transport media
Enzyme Linked Virus Inducible System (ELVIS-tm) svc. Typing by IFA
Swab patient site with enough force to obtain epithelial cells. Conjunctiva - use moistened swab. Break off swabs into M4M (viral transport media). M4M is available from Micro/Viro lab and CCL.
Specimens will be processed daily M-F if received in the Virology laboratory by 2:30 p.m. and on weekends if received by 11:30 a.m.
Reference range: No HSV isolated
Herpes Culture; HSV Screen; HSV Typing