Meningitis/encephalitis - diagnostic virology


Samples Test Pathogens covered Comment


in sterile 25 mL universal container.

RealTime brain/CSF multiplex RT-PCR

Herpes simplex-1 (HSV-1)

Herpes simplex-2 (HSV-2)

Varicella zoster virus (VZV)



For samples other than CSF such as brain biopsy, or for specific extra pathogen testing in CSF such as CMV PCR, EBV PCR, HHV-6/7 PCR, JC PCR, toxoplasma PCR, arboviruses PCR, measles PCR, syphilis RPR etc, please make it clear on the request form or contact consultant virologist / virology clinical scientist.


Throat or rectal swab in virus transport medium (NOT IN CHARCOAL) or faeces sample

RealTime PCR


If CSF is unobtainable.

Turnaround time

see virology and microbiological serology turnaround times


Microbiology (Virology and Serology), ext. 64627