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VARICELLA ZOSTER VIRUS (VZV) ISOLATION

Synonym(s):

Varicella Zoster Virus Culture, Herpes Zoster Virus Culture, VZV Isolation, VZV Culture

Lab Section Category

Description

Indications

Specimen Required

​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)

Storage and Transport

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

Send samples on ice pack to laboratory.

Method

​Tissue culture

Test Results

Reported as Positive or Negative

Reference Interval / Value

Turnaround Time

​Positive report : 2 – 14 days
Negative report : 14 days

Day(s) Test Set up

​Monday – Saturday

Remarks

Change History Notes

Others

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