V-Z ANTIGEN DETECTION - VESICULAR SPECIMENS (VZG)
: VZG, Herpes zoster antigen, Direct Fluorescent Antigen (DFA) Varicella Zoster
: V-Z antigen, Herpes zoster antigen/stain
: Direct Fluorescent Antigen
: UTM tube, sterile container with saline
: Cellular material in a small amount (1-2 mL) of universal (viral) transport medium (UTM) or sterile saline - specify source. No wooden shaft or calcium alginate tip swabs. NOT PERFORMED ON CSF. COLLECT EXTRA SWAB IF CULTURE IS NEEDED.
: Will accept material in syringe but requires Virology Medical Diretor consult.
: 1 - 2 mL UTM or sterile saline
: 1 mL UTM or sterile saline
: Store refrigerated (2-8° C), do not freeze, transport on wet ice
: Refrigerated (2-8 C); samples older than 24 hours will receive a comment.
Reasons for Rejection
: Dry swab, Calcium alginate or wooden-shaft swab; slide preps accepted but discouraged.
: Monday - Friday: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
: 1-3 hours
: Send to laboratory immediately on ice. No wooden/calcium alginate or dry swabs.
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