Varicella Zoster Virus Culture, Herpes Zoster Virus Culture, VZV Isolation, VZV Culture
Swabs or scrapings from vesicles on skin CSF (1 – 2 mL) in sterile bottle for neurological presentation Conjunctival swab or scraping for ophthalmic zoster Nasopharyngeal aspirate, sputum or bronchoalveolar lavage for pneumonia Send samples (except CSF) in Virus Transport Medium. (See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Virus Isolation & Collection Methods for Virus Isolation by Sample Type)
Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze. Send samples on ice pack to laboratory.
Reported as Positive or Negative
Positive report : 2 – 14 days Negative report : 14 days
Monday – Saturday