Measles virus – PCR

Diagnostic Use

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that occurs worldwide. The infection is characterized by fever, malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis, followed by widespread rash. Following exposure, approximately 90 percent of susceptible individuals will develop measles. The period of contagiousness is estimated to be from five days before the appearance of the rash to four days afterward. The illness may be transmitted in public spaces, even in the absence of person-to-person contact.

To be used in early onset of symptoms and first 5 days of rash only.


Microbiology - Virology

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Laboratory Handling


Testing is batched daily Monday-Friday at approximately 9.30am, with results available from mid-afternoon. Urgent or weekend testing must be discussed with and approved by a Microbiologist.


English measles - PCR
Morbillivirus - PCR

Turnaround Time

24 hours

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