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Varicella zoster (chicken pox/shingles) PCR

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology

Requirement: swab (specify anatomical site), , remel tube MR4 media (red topped, pink liquid), Contact laboratory to request urgent processing if exposure and immunity unknown and either pregnant or immunosuppressed

Turnaround Time: 4 days

Detection of varicella DNA in clinical samples by PCR

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 hours are undesirable

Reference Lab: Manchester PHE