Viral Conjunctivitis: Eye Swabs for diagnosis by PCR
Viral conjunctivitis is often associated with an infection of the upper respiratory tract, a common cold, or a sore throat. Its symptoms include excessive watering and itching. The infection usually begins with one eye, but may spread easily to the other.
There are a number of viral agents that may cause conjunctivitis; Adenovirus, Herpes simplex virus (HSV) , Varciella zoster virus (VZV) and Enterovirus
|Red topped UTM Viral swab
|Multiplex PCR testing is carried out to detect viral targets. Full clinical details should be given.
|LGI Microbiology Department
|A sample of the discharge from the eye should be taken and sent in a Copan swab tube
|IP Routine TAT
|GP Routine TAT