Diagnostic Test Menus
Diagnostic Testing for HHV-6 and HHV-7
Due to the ubiquitous nature of human herpesviruses HHV-6, traditional PCR tests may detect DNA from a latent viral infection rather than an active one. Coppe Laboratories perform specialized tests on cellular and non-cellular samples such as blood, bone marrow and CSF. Our tests distinguish latent and active infections ensuring physicians have all the information needed for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Lyme Disease Confirmatory & Comprehensive Diagnostic Test
At Coppe Laboratories, we use Lyme tests that exceed the current testing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC currently recommends a two-step process when testing for evidence of antibodies against the Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia. We employ this two-step approach, using recombinant VlsE and OspC antigens to increase test sensitivity. Our Lyme Disease panel tests for multiple strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, the European species B. garinii, B. afzelii and detects B. miyamotoi.
- both steps can be done using the same sample
- testing is recommended 4-6 weeks after initial tick bite
Coppe Laboratories provides both a direct and indirect test for determination of Babesia. Both PCR and IFA tests can be performed as early as 1 week after symptoms appear. Both tests can be done on the same specimen.
West Nile Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA IgG/IgM)
West Nile virus (WNV) is a member of the Flaviviridae family that includes viruses like Zika, Dengue Fever, and Hepatitis C and Powassan. WNV is transmitted to humans (and animals) by an infected mosquito. Most infections occur during warm weather when mosquitoes are active. The period between the mosquito bite and the appearance of signs and symptoms ranges from two to 14 days. People infected with West Nile virus either don’t develop signs or symptoms or have only minor complaints–a low grade fever and mild headache. There are a few people that develop a life-threatening illness characterized by inflammation of the spinal cord or brain. The symptoms of WNV infection are very similar to those of Lyme disease. Common signs and symptoms include: fever, nausea and vomiting, body aches, fatigue, and diarrhea. Some people develop a rash.
Powassan PCR (Direct) and EIA/IFA (Serology)
The Powassan virus is a member of the Flaviviridae family that includes viruses like Zika, West Nile, Dengue Fever, and Hepatitis C. Like Lyme disease, Powassan virus is emerging in the same geographic areas throughout the Northeast and Midwest United States. It’s found in wooded and bushy areas as well as fields where Lyme-bearing ticks live. Coppe Laboratories is the first reference laboratory to provide diagnostic testing for the virus which can show symptoms similar to Lyme disease. The PCR test measures the actual virus RNA where the EIA test measures a patient’s antibody response to the virus.