Primate Viral Diagnostics

The Primate Viral Diagnostics laboratory (PVD) performs viral diagnostic research for:

  • Health surveillance of the BPRC colonies
  • Development and maintenance of the SPF status of the BPRC breeding colonies
  • Other primate keeping facilities in Europe and other parts of the world
Our services for third parties include a large array of serological tests and confirmatory PCR testings for virus infections of nonhuman primates. Below, please find an overview of the assays that can be performed by us.

Serology: (serum or plasma)

STLV (Simian T-cell lymphotropic virus)
SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency virus)
SRV (Simian type D retrovirus)
SFV (Simian Foamy virus)
α-herpesvirus (includes herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, monkey B-virus, and others )
γ-herpesvirus (includes SaHV2)
VZV (Varicella Zoster virus)
EBV (Epstein-Barr virus)
CMV (Cytomegalovirus)
HAV (hepatitis A virus)
HBV (hepatitis B virus
HCV (hepatitis C virus)
SV40 or polyomavirus
Filoviruses (Ebola virus, Marburg virus)
Influenza A and/or –B virus
Measles virus
Rabies virus
Pox virus
WNV (West Nile virus)
DENV (Dengue virus 1-4)
hMPV (human metapneumovirus)
RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)
LCMV (Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus)
Various other serological tests are available on request
Extra surcharge is billed if serum/plasma is not well-separated

PCR or virus culture

SIV PCR and culturing
SRV type D, serotypes 1, 2 and 3 PCR
SFV PCR and culture
α-herpes virus PCR and culturing
pan-herpes PCR 1 (detects α-, β-, and γ-herpesviruses)
pan-herpes PCR 2 (detects α-, β-, and γ-herpesviruses)
pan-polyomavirus PCR
Influenza A/B PCR
Dengue virus PCR and culturing
West Nile virus PCR and culturing
Various other PCRs are available on request
All PCRs can be performed in combination with sequence analysis of PCR fragment

For more details regarding the assays, price and ordering information please contact:

Guidelines for shipment of samples and permits
PVD has strict guidelines for shipment of material to the BPRC. Please contact for information regarding the guidelines, as well as information regarding necessary permits. If a package does not meet the requirements set by us in the guidelines, including proper addressing, it will not be accepted by PVD and will be destroyed.