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Viral swab – skin

Microbiology


Specimen

Skin swab of vesicles

Specimen container

Red topped viral Copan swab

Test usage

Diagnosis of vesicular skin infection.

Routine test ( local test)

HSV PCR

VZV  PCR

NB – Enterovirus are not routinely tested for – if you are considering this (e.g. hand, foot + mouth), please request specifically.

Availability

Sent to Reference Laboratory

Processing time

Up to 7 days

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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