Primary Varicella-Zoster-Virus VZV infection causes chicken-pox in children and serious complications of shingles include postherpetic neuralgia, zoster multiplex, myelitis, herpes ophthalmicus, or zoster sine herpete in adults and rarely in children. In about 10 – 20 % of the cases, VZV reactivates later in life. It more commonly occurs in people over age 50, and in those who have a weakened immune system.
- Epithelial cell swabs
- Tissue fluid from erosive-ulcerative skin lesions and mucosa
- Urine, saliva,
- Blood serum and plasma.
- FAM (495 – 520 nm) for Internal Control (IC)
- ROX (575 – 602 nm) for Varicella-Zoster-Virus VZV DNA