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VARICELLA ZOSTER VIRUS (VZV) ANTIGEN

Synonym(s):

​VZV Ag IF, Varicella Zoster Ag IF, VZV Antigen

Lab Section Category

Description

Indications

Specimen Required

​Fluid and scraping from vesicles on skin or mucosa including conjunctivae and genitalia

Biopsy samples

Sputum, nasopharyngeal aspirate, bronchoalveolar lavage

If virus isolation is required as well, send all above in Virus Transport Medium. Otherwise, send all above in sterile bottles with 1 – 2 mL of sterile saline added.
(See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Viral Antigen Detection)

Storage and Transport

​Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze.

Transport samples on ice pack to laboratory.

Method

​Immunofluorescence assay

Test Results

​Reported as Negative or Positive

Reference Interval / Value

Turnaround Time

​<1 – 2 days

Day(s) Test Set up

​Monday – Saturday

Remarks

Change History Notes

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