Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Human Herpes Virus Type 6

Test Name: Human Herpes Virus Type 6
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Blood - 5 mL Lavender top (EDTA) Vacutainer tube (A minimum 1 mL of plasma is required)
CSF - Encephalitis cases only (minimum 500uL CSF) must be accompanied by one 5 mL Lavender top tube)
Collection Information: Must be transported to the lab immediately.

For CSF sample, a minimum volume of 500 uL is required as well as one 5 mL Lavender top tube.

HHV6 testing must be approved by the Medical Microbiologist and one of the following criteria met:

1) Primary infection or viral reactivation in immunocompromised individuals

2) Encephalitis cases
Requisition:  HHV6 Requisition
Test Schedule: Referred out weekly to the National Microbiology Laboratory
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
14 days
Reference Range: See report
Effective Date: 2010-09-28
Revised Date: 2020-02-12
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Comments: Should you need more information on HHV6 testing, please contact the Viral Exanthemata Lab 204-789-6085 or fax 204-789-5009.
Method of Analysis: RT-PCR
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: Samples must be transported to the lab within 4 hours of collection.
System Codes: 
Referred To: National Microbiology Viral Exanthemata Lab
1015 Arlington Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3E 3R2
Tel: 204-789-6085

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