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Laboratory Test Reference Guide

Laboratory Information

Test Name

Varicella zoster PCR


Varicella zoster PCR (CSF)
Varicella zoster PCR (Dermal swabs)
Varicella zoster PCR (Vitreous fluid)
Herpes zoster
Chicken pox

Specimen Collection

Adult Specimen

Viral swabs to be collected into viral transport medium. EDTA blood can be used in cases of suspected disseminated VZV disease. Please contact the clinical microbiologist to discuss.

Test Information


Molecular Biology

Test Availability

Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1630 excl. Public Holidays

Laboratory Turnaround Time

Twice weekly


Real time PCR

Minimum Volume

0.5mL whole blood collected in EDTA (Dedicated sample)