The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Varicella Zoster Virus PCR

Qualitative detection of VZV by PCR

Tube Dependent on sample type
ID 3665
Availability Mon-Sat.Samples for same day testing must arrive before 9.30am
Additional Information Skin or vesicle swab - confirmation of chicken pox
Throat swab - rash
CSF- meningoencephalitis
Eye swab - conjunctivitis
Turn Around 3 days
Send to LGI Microbiology Department
Collection Con Do not use dry swabs for specimen collection. Optimal time of collection is the acute phase of illness. For collection of samples from vesicular lesions a sterile needle should be used to unroof the vesicle and then swab used to vigorously swab the base to collect epithelial cells and fluid
Sample REQ Min. Vol 350
IP Routine TAT 3 days
GP Routine TAT 3 days