Laboratory Testing for VZV

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) laboratory testing information applies to testing and diagnosis of primary VZV infection (varicella) and reactivation (herpes zoster). See the information below from CDC’s chickenpox/varicella site about VZV laboratory testing and about the CDC National VZV Laboratory.

Collecting Specimens for VZV Testing

Guidelines for collecting and shipping specimens for varicella zoster virus (chickenpox and shingles) testing

CDC National VZV Laboratory

The National VZV Laboratory can provide several types of VZV-specific testing