For detection of Varicella zoster viral DNA.
(a) Swab: Use only Dacron-tipped swabs. Swab multiple sites of infection vigorously to increase yield of virus. Send swab in swab sheath without any media. (b) CSF: At least 0.5 mL of undiluted sample in a sterile and leak-proof screw-capped container without any additives.
Refrigerate sample until transfer to laboratory. Do not freeze. Send sample at 2 - 8°C (with an ice-pack). Sample must reach the laboratory within 24 hours after collection.
Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (In-house)
Detected, Not Detected or Inconclusive
1 - 4 days
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
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