The research use only assay is intended for the qualitative detection of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) DNA by RT-PCR from clinical specimens. This assay may be used in conjunction with clinical observations and other diagnostic assays to determine infection with varicella-zoster virus (VZV) in specimens collected from patients presenting with pustular or vesicular rash illness.
- Vesicular scab:
- Place the vesicle skin “roof” in a dry, sterile 1.5-2 ml screw-capped plastic vial with O-ring.
- Vesicular fluid/lesion swabs:
- Swab the base of the lesion or ocular site and place swab in a sterile screw capped plastic vial with O-ring
Consultation with district epidemiologist required.
- Vesicular scab should be stored frozen (-20°C or colder) and shipped with dry ice within 60 days of collection. Freezing is strongly recommended.
- Vesicular scab can be maintained at refrigerated temperature (2-8°C) during transit for no more than seven days after collection.
- Vesicular fluid/lesion swabs should be stored frozen (-20°C or colder) and shipped with dry ice within 60 days of collection. Freezing is strongly recommended.
- Vesicular fluid/lesion swabs can be maintained at refrigerated temperature (2-8°C) during transit for no more than seven days after collection.
Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
- Vesicular scab
- Vesicular fluid/lesion swab
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- Not detected
- Improper specimen labeling
- Missing testing requisition.
- Missing minimum of 2 patient identifiers.
- Discrepancy between patient name on the specimen and requisition form.
- Specimen damaged, broken, or leaked in transit.
1-3 business days
Turnaround times may be affected by the scale of the event.
11483-5 (Order code: 421000)