Testing for VHFs

Lab worker submitting specimen for testing.

CDC provides clinical consultation to state and local health departments for suspect cases of viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs). CDC cannot accept any sample for testing without prior consultation.

Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB)

VSPB studies highly infectious viruses, many of which cause VHFs. Almost all of these viruses are classified as Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) pathogens and must be handled in special facilities designed to contain them safely. Visit the CDC website for more information on submitting specimens to VSPB for VHF testing, including:

  • Hantaviruses
  • Kyasanur Forest disease
  • Lassa fever
  • Lujo hemorrhagic fever
  • Marburg virus disease
  • Omsk hemorrhagic fever
  • Rift Valley fever
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD)

DVBD is a national and international leader in researching, preventing, and controlling viruses and bacteria spread by vectors like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Visit their website for Specimen Submission Instructions and Reagent Ordering Forms, including information on Testing for Severe Dengue or Testing for Yellow Fever.