Preferred Sample Type

Varicella zoster PCR

Suitable Specimen Types

CSF Swab Vesicle Fluid

Varicella zoster PCR

Sample Preparation

Please send sample in sterile container. Swabs must not be sent in charcoal. For swabs please use viral transport media.

Turnaround Time

7-28 Days

Sample Stability

If transport is delayed, sample can be refrigerated up to 24 hours.

General Information

Specimen is sent to Heartlands for processing.


Information Sharing: If your sample needs to be referred or a notifiable disease is detected from your sample, your details and sample may be shared with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). This is a legal requirement. The UKHSA is sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.



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