VZV Isolation

Infectious Disease Laboratories:Virology

Test ID/Workstation: VZVIS VIR1

Specimen Type: Swabs of fresh, unroofed lesions, vesicle fluid or scrapings

Tube Type: Specimen container

Collection Volume: 1.5 mL washings, aspirate, or inoculated M4M

Cause for rejection: Specimen dry, not in proper M4M, not refrigerated, not in sterile container, fixed in preservative, QNS

Storage: Refrigerated

Availability: Daily (0800-1700)

Methodology: Spin-amplified svc and IFA stain specific for VZV after 72 hr incubation

Special Instructions: Add fluid from several vesicles or scrapings from several lesions to M4M. (Available from CCL or Viro.). Send to lab immediately on ice. DO NOT FREEZE. VZV is very labile and often does not grow if transported under adverse conditions.

Specimens will be processed daily M-F if received in the Virology laboratory by 2:30 p.m. and by 11:30 a.m. on weekends

Lab/Phone: 330-543-8576

TAT: 72 hrs

Additional Info: Reference range: No VZV isolated

CPT Code: 87254

Synonyms: VZV Shell Vial; VZV Culture; Varicella

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