Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is the causative agent of chickenpox after which it establishes latency and can subsequently reactivate to cause herpes zoster (shingles).
Varicella infection can be severe in immunocompromised patients. Infections in pregnancy poses a risk to the baby.
VZ IgG assay indicates the immune status of an individual.
Microbiology - Serology
VZ immune status serology
VZ serology IgG
Chicken Pox serology
VZ IgM is not available
The diagnosis of primary chickenpox and herpes zoster is made clinically in most cases. If necessary a dry swab of a vesicular lesion is the preferred sample for diagnosis by PCR.
Ambient (8 - 24 degrees Celsius)
If overnight - Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
The presence of VZ IgG indicates past exposure to VZ.
Reported as Negative, Equivocal or Positive
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After hours testing for pregnant women is available. Please contact Microbiologist on call.
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