Test Catalog

Test ID: VHSV    
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Culture From Neonates, Varies

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Ordering Guidance

This test should only be performed on patients younger than 35 days old. It is intended for the recovery of herpes simplex virus in suspected cases of congenital herpes.


If enterovirus or hand, foot, and mouth disease is suspected order test VIRNR / Viral Culture, Non-Respiratory. Indicate "Looking for Enterovirus" in order comments.


Spinal fluid (CSF) specimens: order HSVC / Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Spinal Fluid.

Shipping Instructions

Specimen must be transported at refrigerate temperature.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Specimen Type: Swab


-M4-RT (T605)

-Bartels FlexTrans VTM-3 mL (T892)

-Jiangsu VTM-3 mL (T891)

Sources: Ocular, Rectal, Skin, Dermal, Mouth, Nasopharynx, Conjunctiva, Eye, Anus

Container/Tube: Multimicrobe media (M4-RT) (T605) or other viral transport media (M4 or M5)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions: Place swab back into multimicrobe media (M4-RT, M4, or M5)

Additional Information: Swab with a wood handle has been shown to be toxic to some viruses and is not acceptable for culture.


Specimen Type: Urine

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 1 mL


Specimen Type: Stool

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 5 to10 g

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

Stool: 5 g
Urine: 0.5 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Other Frozen Swab with wood handle Gel swabs Blood Bone marrow/bone Tissue Lymph node

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
VariesRefrigerated7 days