CDC National VZV Laboratory
Varicella zoster virus (VZV) laboratory testing information applies to testing and diagnosis of primary VZV infection (varicella) as well as reactivation or latent infection (herpes zoster). The National VZV Laboratory can provide several types of VZV-specific testing free-of-charge to state and local public health departments who require confirmatory evidence for VZV infection or confirmation of atypical herpes zoster cases, and to physicians and scientists participating in various epidemiologic and laboratory-based studies.
Specimens may be submitted for suspected vaccine-related adverse events, including herpes zoster in a vaccinee, rash with more than 50 lesions 7-42 days after vaccination, any serious adverse event (pneumonia, ataxia, encephalitis) occurring after vaccination, and suspected secondary transmission.
For information on shingles (herpes zoster), see Shingles.
For more information on varicella zoster virus specimen collection, storage, and handling, please contact:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National VZV Laboratory
1600 Clifton Road, NE
Mailstop G-18 (Building 18, Room 6-134—for FedEx shipments)
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: (404) 639-3667
- Page last reviewed: November 16, 2011
- Page last updated: October 30, 2014
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