Varicella Zoster PCR


Test Information

Test Name

Varicella Zoster PCR

Synonyms

Herpes Zoster; Chicken pox; Shingles

Department

Molecular Microbiology

Preferred Specimen

Viral Swab or UTM swab

Testing Location

PLBOP; Referral

Turn Around Time

1 week


Collection Information

Availability

Not available for immunity testing

Preparation

  • Take viral swab from lesion of blister fluid

Processing Information

Registration Code

HSVT - Hospital Swabs or VZVP (See Notes)

Notes

Register the requested virus ONLY if requestor has specified the virus required to be tested

  • If no virus specified, check clinical details.
  • For requests with clinical details including" Chicken Pox, Shingles, Zoster or Varicella" , register VZVP for community or HSVT for Hospital
  • For requests with clinical details including "Herpes Simplex", register HSVT
  • For requests with clinical details including "Vesicular Rash, ? Cause", register both VZVP (Waikato; Rotorua; Taupo community) & HSVT (Tauranga, Whakatane, Rotorua, Taupo Hospital and Tauranga, Whakatane community)
  • If this is an e-order, and the required test is different from what was requested in any way, then send to manual registration
  • If multiple swab received; barcode each swab with different lab numbers

Please note that testing will vary depending on clinical details provided. For BOP & Lakes specimens from the hospitals all testing is done in Molecular PLBOP; for BOP community specimens that only request VZV, Herpes Zoster, are sent to Waikato (VZVP); but community specimens that also request HSV, Herpes simplex virus, are tested in Molecular PLBOP.

Site Specific Notes

- Waikato

Referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Tauranga

Hospital request process inhouse Molecular Microbiology; Community request Molecular PLBOP (see above) or referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Whakatane

Hospital request process in PLBOP Molecular Microbiology; Community request Molecular PLBOP (see above) or referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Rotorua

Hospital request process in PLBOP Molecular Microbiology; Community request referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Taupo

Hospital request process in PLBOP Molecular Microbiology; Community request referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory


Methodology

Contact Information

murray.robinson@pathlab.co.nz

External Referral Information

Referral Location

Waikato Hospital Laboratory

Send Away Notes

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

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