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. Sample Material Epithelial cell swabs Tissue fluid from erosive-ulcerative skin lesions and mucosa Urine, saliva, Blood serum and plasma. Detection Channels FAM (495 – 520 nm) for Internal Control (IC) ROX (575 – 602 nm) for Varicella-Zoster-Virus VZV DNA
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