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Diagnostic services

We are offering diagnostics for viral infections of non-human primates. We are focusing on diagnostics of herpesvirus infections but collaborations with internal and external partner laboratories enable us to cover the following services:


  • Herpes B virus and other simplex viruses *
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Rhesus Rhadinovirus (RRV)
  • Hepatitis viruses (hepatitis A, B and C)
  • Retroviruses (SIV, STLV)
  • Zika virus (ZIKV)

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)
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19)


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

We are offering additional diagnostic tests upon demand, which may be required for import and export of animals (rabies, ebola, dengue etc.).

The following diagnostic tests are currently being developed

  • Saimiriine herpesvirus 1 (SaHV-1, herpes-simplex-virus of squirrel monkeys), serology

Please follow the instructions for sample submission and please use the submission form. 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, 001-404-413-6566
Homepage: www2.gsu.edu/  


* 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