Varicella zoster (VZV) PCR viral swab




  • Used to differentiate Varicella zoster virus vesicles from Herpes simplex lesions

Sample requirements

Please check swab expiry date before use

The vesicle should be de-roofed and the swab ground into the base of the lesion

Place swab into virus transport tube

Viral transport swab

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset


Store at room temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to a Regional Reference Centre

Up to 7 days

Page last reviewed: 25/11/2013