Molecular detection of Human Herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7) DNA by Real time PCR

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Molecular detection of Human Herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7) DNA by Real time PCR.

Test Category:
Molecular Detection
Human Herpesvirus-7 (HHV-7)
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Roseola

Plasma from immunocompromised patients – 1mL required (minimum 500 uL). CSF from encephalitis cases – 600uL required (minimum 300uL). Minimum volume will not allow repeat testing of samples with equivocal results.

Collection Method:

Collect blood in plasma preparation tube (PPT) or K2EDTA tube (plastic; lavender or pink top). Do not use heparin as an anti-coagulant. Centrifuge tube at room temperature at 1,100 RCF for 10-15 min. Aliquot plasma into separate tube. Collect CSF in dry tube subject to classic conditions for carrying out lumbar punctures.

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Specimens may be stored and shipped refrigerated to NML within 48h of sample collection or must be stored and shipped frozen.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.

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Patient Criteria:

1. Primary infection or reactivation in immunocompromised individuals.

2. Encephalitis cases.

** Please note that specimens for routine monitoring of HHV-7 infection in transplant patients will not be accepted.

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed "Viral STI, Polyoma and Herpesvirus Testing" requisition form including sender lab name, address and telephone number, patient identifier, date of birth or age, sex, specimen reference #, type of specimen, date collected, test requested and any other relevant clinical information.



Methods and Interpretation of Results:

DNA is extracted from specimens and tested by real-time PCR using the PrimerDesign Quantification of HHV-7 genesig kit (1), which targets the U57 gene (major capsid protein), A qualitative result will be reported. This assay is for research purposes only.

Turnaround Time:

14 calendar days. STAT samples may be considered under special circumstances. Please contact lab to inquire about shorter turn around time.

Phone: (204) 789-6024
Fax: (204) 318-2222
  1. PrimerDesign Quantification of Human Herpes 7 genomes genesig Advanced kit handbook HB10.03.04
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