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Diagnostic services

The focus of our diagnostic services for non-human primates is the detection of Herpes-Virus infections. Cooperation with partner laboratories allows us to provide a wide range of serological tests.

Please find here our Submission form and Packaging instructions. Please notify us prior to shipping the samples (by e-mail to Virusdiagnostik(at)dpz.eu; with date of shipment and analyses requested).

Samples should be shipped to:

Deutsches Primatenzentrum
– Koordination Virusdiagnostik –
z. Hd. Dr. Annette Damert
Abteilung Infektionsbiologie
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

Your shipment may include samples for virological as well as bacteriological diagnostics. Samples for bacteriological diagnostics will be forwarded internally.

Please contact us in advance in case of urgent samples or if you request services which are not included in the Diagnostic Services: Virusdiagnostik(at)dpz.eu, Tel +49 551 3851-186


  • Herpes B virus and other simplex viruses *
  • Hepatitis viruses (hepatitis A, B and C)
  • Retroviruses (SIV, STLV)

Chip-based serology

  • Herpes B Virus
  • Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)
  • Simian retrovirus (SRV)
  • Simian T-cell leukemia virus (STLV)
  • Measles virus
  • Rhesus rhadinovirus (RRV)
  • Lymphocryptovirus (LCV)
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Simian foamy-Virus (SFV)


  • Herpes B virus
  • pan herpesvirus
  • Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)
  • Simian T-cell leukemia virus (STLV)
  • Simian retrovirus (SRV)
  • Hepatitis B virus (HBV)
  • beta-coronaviruses
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Papillomaviruses
  • Polyomaviruses
  • Paramyxoviruses
  • Influenza A viruses

Upon request, we can arrange for additional diagnostic tests, which may be required for import and export of animals (rabies, ebola, dengue etc.).

General information on herpes B virus and exposure prophylaxis upon potential herpes B virus infection can be found here.

Please note that our diagnostic tests are not accredited and that we do not test human samples.
For herpes B virus diagnostics with human material please contact the following reference laboratory:

National B Virus Resource Center (USA)
Viral Immunology Center

Georgia State University
161 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
Tel (Emergency): 001-404-413-6560, 001-404-358-8168, 001-404-413-6550


* Note: For detection of herpes B virus infection a diagnostic assay is employed, which detects antibody binding to related simplex viruses and that has been optimized for detection of antibodies generated in rhesus macaques. This diagnostic system is used due to high sequence homology of simplex viruses and cross-reactivity of antibodies raised against these viruses. Therefore, the results obtained in this test allow only indirect conclusions regarding herpes B virus infection. Moreover, a negative result does not necessarily indicate absence of herpes B virus infection, since antibodies may be generated with delay. These constraints have to be taken into account when evaluating the results of our diagnostic test, in particular if the risk of human exposure by animal material is evaluated.

Dr. Annette Damert Head of virus diagnostics +49 551 3851-186 +49 551 3851-184 Contact