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Herpes Simplex and Varicella Zoster Viruses

Fast, Efficient, and Accurate Processing for PCR Detection


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Slide 17

December 2009

So, the question may be asked, “If I’m submitting a dermal or anogenital swab for HSV and/or VZV PCR, should the swab be placed M5 viral transport media or just in a culturette tube?” As you have probably guessed from my previous slides, the swab should just be submitted in the culturette tube without M5 media. Without M5 media, there is no need to submit the sample for extraction. A commonly used culturette tube is shown here. Be sure that the culturette tube that is chosen contains a moist sponge to keep the sample hydrated and maintain the nucleic acid during transport.

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