Vesicular rash - diagnostic virology


Samples Test Pathogens covered Comment

Best samples:

Lesion swab in virus transport medium (NOT IN CHARCOAL)

Vesicle fluid

RealTime VR multiplex PCR

Varicella zoster virus (VZV)

Herpes simplex-1 (HSV-1)

Herpes simplex-2 (HSV-2)

For specific extra pathogen testing in lesion swab or vesicle fluid such as enteroviruses, please make it clear on the request form or contact consultant virologist / senior virology BMS.

Less satisfactory sample:

Clotted blood (gold cap, 5 mL tube).

Smaller tubes are available for paediatric samples.




Turnaround time

See virology and microbiological serology turnaround times.


Microbiology (Virology and Serology), ext.4627 after 11.15 am.