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Ian Carter i.carter at unsw.edu.au
Thu Jan 18 21:05:01 EST 1996

Has anyone out there had this problem?

Recent viral isolate (from an eye swab from patient with ? 'VZV 
opthalmicis', in human embryonic lung fibroblast cells could not be 
identified with our routine DFA test (Syva Microtrak #8H494UL.3E, 
HSV1/HSV2 direct specimen identification/typing test. Looked 
'kind-of-like' herpes CPE but on repassaging it could not be ID'ed! 
So we tested the isolate with the Baxter Diagnostics reagents #B1029-44 
and with this reagent it 'is' HSV type 1, repeatedly!!

Has any other laboratory encountered a similar 'problem' with respect to 
Syva, Bartels and herpes simplex isolates?

Thanks for any help
Cheers  (:-|)
Ian Carter
Senior Hospital Scientist
Microbiology Department
Prince of Wales Hospital
High St Randwick 2031
Voice: 61 2 3829102
Fax:     61 2 398 4275
Email: I.Carter at unsw.edu.au

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