Varicella zoster (VZV) CFT antibodies




  • This test is not generally of value in making a diagnosis of Varicella zoster virus infection. A viral swab of the lesion is of more diagnostic value
  • VZV IgM antibody tests are relatively insensitive and have poor specificity.  Occasionally samples may be referred for testing after discussion with the Consultant Microbiologist.
  • It is always tested along with Herpes simplex virus CFT antibodies to exclude cross reactions
  • This test is part of the following viral screen sets:

Sample requirements

Serum - paired samples normally required

8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube 

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

7 - 10 days

Page last reviewed: 25/11/2013