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Pathology Services Updates

HSV & VZV PCR for lesions
The Molecular Microbiology Laboratory will begin performing combined Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) PCR testing from cutaneous and mucocutaneous lesion samples effective May 1, 2018. The assay provides rapid, sensitive qualitative detection and differentiation of HSV-1, HSV-2 and VZV DNA. Vesicle fluids and basal cells from oral, genital or skin lesions should be collected by vigorous scraping of the base of the lesion with a sterile swab which is then placed in a M4 viral transport media tube and delivered to the lab. Additional details, including a specimen collection guide, can be found in the HSV & VZV by PCR test catalog entry (LABVZVHSV).

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