Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Detection of herpes simplex virus from neonatal surface swab specimens. If either the culture or PCR result are positive, please consult Pediatric Infectious Diseases for guidance on management.
Negative for HSV1 DNA and HSV2 DNA
Swab the conjunctivae, mouth , nasopharynx and anus (in that order). Place swab into M4-RT transport medium (preferred). M4, M5, M6, UVT, and UTM media are also acceptable. Eswab transport is not acceptable. Refrigerate.