Specimen Requirements


Culture, Herpes

Specimen Requirement

M4 Viral Transport Media (1.0 mL minimum)

The following specimen types will NOT be accepted: CSF or body fluids; Urine; Stool; Whole blood or serum; Specimens in proprietary PCR transport media; Specimens in bacterial transport media, Stewart medium (Culturette), gel, or charcoal transports; Specimens in bacteriological blood culture media; Dry swabs, wooden swabs, calcium alginate swabs.


Standard tube culture with monoclonal antibody staining of CPE-positive cultures


Room temp: 4 hours, Refrigerated: 7 days

Reference Range

By Report*


Up to 5 days

Clinical Use

This method can isolate and differentiate herpes type 1 and herpes type 2. Other viruses in the specimen will not be identified.

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