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Herpes (HSV, VZV, CMV) virus culture

Health testing


Health Science

Lab name

Clinical Virology Laboratory

Lab location

Wallaceville Science Centre, Upper Hutt

Test name

Herpes (HSV, VZV, CMV) virus culture


Herpes Simplex Virus, types 1-2 (family: Herpesviridae; human herpesvirus 1 and human herpesvirus 2)Varicella-Zoster Virus (family: Herpesviridae; human herpesvirus 3)Cytomegalovirus (family: Herpesviridae; human herpesvirus 5)

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Media requirements

Viral transport media

Pre-transport requirements

5 ± 3°C within 24 hours

Transport requirements

5 ± 3°C within 24 hours

Unacceptable sample types

Dry swabs received without viral transport media will be rejected because of the decreased viability of any virus present

How results reported

Report will state viral culture result for the specimen. There is a charge for the test.

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