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Herpes simplex and varicella zoster (VZ, chicken pox, shingles) PCR

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology

Requirement: swab (specify anatomical site) virus transport medium, remel tube MR4 media (red topped, pink liquid),

Turnaround Time: 3-5 days

Detection of herpes simplex 1 and 2 and varicella DNA by PCR

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 24 hours are undesirable

Factors known to significantly affect results: Haemolysis
Reference Lab: Manchester PHE