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Yes, we're still the PCR experts. But Zoologix also performs ELISA antibody tests for...

Herpes B
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C

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Zoologix performs primate infectious disease tests by PCR for...

B virus


Baboon endogenous virus

Baylisascaris procyonis

Borrelia burgdorferi


Chagas' disease

Chlamydia pneumoniae

Chlamydophila trachomatis


Cronobacter sakazakii


Cytomegalovirus, baboon

Cytomegalovirus, chimpanzee

Cytomegalovirus, human

Cytomegalovirus, macaque

Cytomegalovirus, simian



E. coli O157:H7

E. coli panel

Encephalitis, Japanese

Encephalitis, St. Louis

Encephalomyocarditis (EMCV)

Entamoeba species


Epstein-Barr virus

Filovirus panel


Gibbon ape leukemia


Hepatitis A virus

Hepatitis B virus

Hepatitis C virus

Herpes ateles

Herpes B virus

Herpes simplex type 1

Herpes simplex type 2

Herpes tamarinus

Herpesvirus ateles

Herpesvirus papio 1 & 2

Herpesvirus saimiri

Human adenoviruses

Human herpesviruses types 6, 7 & 8

Human immunodeficiency virus types 1 & 2

Human T cell lymphotropic virus

Human Varicella-Zoster



Lawsonia intracellularis


Lyme disease



Marburg virus



Monkey parvoviruses



Neisseria gonorhoeae

Neisseria meningitidis


Plasmodium species

Reovirus screen

Rhesus rhadinovirus



Shigella and enteroinvasive E. coli

Simian agent 6 (SA6)

Simian agent 8 (SA8)

Simian foamy virus (SFV)

Simian hemorrhagic fever (SHFV)

Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)

Simian parainfluenza virus

Simian retrovirus (SRV)

Simian sarcoma virus

Simian T-cell leukemia (STLV) types 1 & 2

Simian T-cell leukemia (STLV) type 3

Simian Varicella-Zoster

Squirrel monkey retrovirus

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Streptococcus pyogenes



Toxoplasma gondii

Treponema pallidum


Trypanosoma cruzi



West Nile virus (WNV)

Yellow fever

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

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Genetic tests for...

A/B/AB blood type in macaques

Fetal sexing

Mamu-6 in macaques

Mamu-7 in macaques

CYP2C76 c.449TG>A
in macaques

Mu opioid receptor
in macaques

in sooty mangabeys

...and more - contact Zoologix with your genetic testing requirements

Herpes simplex 1 PCR test for primates
primate assay data sheet

Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)

Test code:
S0029 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) by real time polymerase chain reaction


Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) is a member of the alpha herpesviruses, a group of viruses that has undergone extensive cospeciation with its primate hosts. Among the herpesviruses, HSV-1 has a broad range of cross-species infectivity and demonstrates considerable variation in disease expression in different hosts. Infection of human with HSV-1 is usually inapparent or causes mild, recurrent orofacial lesions. In nonhuman primates, fatalities were reported in the 1960s and 1970s following natural infection with a strain of HSV that was probably HSV-1 in splenectomized white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar), owl monkeys (Aotus trivirgatus), tree shrews (Tupaia glis), and lemurs (Lemur catta), and experimentally in tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). More recently, HSV-1 was shown to cause mild or asymptomatic infections in gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), and gibbon apes (Hylobates spp.), although one case of fatal disseminated disease was reported in a white-handed gibbon.

Although virus isolation can be used to diagnose HSV-1 virus infection and determine carrier status, it is not very sensitive or specific, and viral culture increases the potential risk of laboratory staff contacting this virus. Serological testing for HSV-1 is difficult because of the close antigenic relation among different herpesviruses.

HSV-1 detection by PCR is the most rapid, sensitive and specific method for diagnosis of this infection and confirmation of carrier status.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Help ensure that animal colonies are free of HSV-1
  • Early prevention of spread of this virus among a colony
  • Minimize personnel exposure to this virus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products and vaccines that derive from primates

Specimen requirement: Lesion swab, or conjunctival swab, or 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube.

For specimen types other than those listed here, please call to confirm specimen acceptability and shipping instructions.

For all specimen types, if there will be a delay in shipping, or during very warm weather, refrigerate specimens until shipped and ship with a cold pack unless more stringent shipping requirements are specified. Frozen specimens should be shipped so as to remain frozen in transit. See shipping instructions for more information.

Turnaround time: 2 business days

Methodologies: Qualitative real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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