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Test Code VCIH Viral culture Herpes group + FA

Clinical System Name

Viral culture Herpes group + FA


Herpes Group Culture + FA, Tissue

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Culture Specimen

Container(s): Culture/Transport Media or UTM

Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol:  0.5 mL body fluid


Note: Body Fluids should be in sterile containers. Tissue or swab must be in UTM. For NP site use a mid turbinate flocked swab, for all other swabbed sites use a regular flocked swab. Swab MUST be placed in UTM at time of collection. VZV is very unstable-transport imediately to the laboratory.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Dry swab (not in UTM).

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: 2 - 4  C

Storage location

Monday – Friday: Place sample in the Virology Section of the Sendouts Refrigerated Rack.

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to UW NW220. Place a copy of the Transfer List (indicate time sent) in the Virology Transport Binder. (Call on Holidays to be sure the lab is open to accept samples).


Off-site collection: VZV is very unstable-transport imediately to the laboratory.Transport specimen refrigerated.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp






STAT Performed TAT
N M - F: FA set up @ 8am and 5pm. Weekend & Holidays: FA set up @ 10am. None specified


Performing Laboratory

University of Washington

Dept. of Laboratory Medicine

UW Virology Lab

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220
Seattle, WA 98195


Phone Number: (206) 520-4600


Department:  Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563

Reference Range

Reference values accompany patient report.


Method: Tissue culture

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes





Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Herpes Group Culture and FA
Reference Test Number:



Send out M - F with the UW courier. Weekends and Holidays courier to UW NW220.