This type of virus may cause defects of the central nervous system, encephalitis, as well as lesions of the genitalia (usually caused by HSV 2). Nowadays, differential detection of HSV 1 and 2 is a feasible option, through the molecular detection of viral DNA.
A special polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is applied, detecting both types of the virus.
SPECIMEN: cerebrospinal fluid, a smear or an amniotic fluid sample
SHIPMENT: Samples may be stored at 4°C and shipped as soon as possible. We can provide transport medium and swabs with a wooden handle should not be used for sampling.