Viral swabs of mucous or cutaneous membranes for vesicular or ulcerative lesions.
There are a number of viral infections that involve the mouth,oropharynx and skin resulting in vesicular or ulcerative lesions. Common viruses implicated are Herpes Simplex, Varicella Zoster, Adenovirus and Enterovirus.
|Tube||Red topped UTM Viral swab|
|Additional Information||Investigation of the cause of vesicular or ulcerative lesions of the skin, mouth and throat.
Multiplex PCR testing for Herpes Simplex, Varicella Zoster, Adenovirus and Enterovirus
|Turn Around||3 days|
|Send to||LGI Microbiology Department|
|Collection Con||Do not use dry swabs for specimen collection. Use Copanpink topped swabs.
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
|IP Routine TAT||3 days|
|GP Routine TAT||3 days|