Rash Disease Investigation
Laboratory testing for patients with vescicular/pustular rash illness or unknown origin. Support of smallpox immunization program.
NOTE: This testing is limited to patients determined to have low or moderate risk of Smallpox.
Testing will only be available after consultation with the State Public Health Laboratory Molecular Unit.
Virology & Molecular
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Rash Disease Kit (see Rash Illness Instructions)
Store refrigerated during storage and transport.
Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Swab in transport medium
Microscope slide impression
Test Request Form(s)
Determined by test(s) performed
Specimen not identified
Incorrect specimen type
Specimen not related to outbreak investigation
Day of receipt, by arrangement with submitter.
Virus Tests Performed:
Non – Variola Orthopox virus (Vaccinia, Monkeypox, etc.) Testing will ONLY be performed after approval by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (1-800-392-0272)
Varicella zoster (chicken pox)
Herpes Simplex virus
Rash Illness Instructions
Monkeypox Information (CDC)
Instructions for submitting specimens to the state health laboratory
Monkeypox Specimen Collection Instructions (CDC)
Smallpox Specimen Collection Instructions (CDC)
"Smallpox and Vaccinia Laboratory Testing: A National Training Initiative"