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
Testing performed routinely on weekdays, if weekend testing is required please contact on-call CHL Microbiologist.
English measles - PCR
Morbillivirus - PCR
Immunisation and clinical history to be included with all requests.
Patient specimen - Nasopharyngeal swab in Viral transport media. Swab packs can be ordered by emailing LabInfo@cdhb.health.nz
Paediatric Specimen - Nasopharyngeal swab in VTM, or urine if swab unobtainable
Other samples may be tested after discussion with a Microbiologist.
Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
Place specimen in PCR bag.
For information on specimen collection and result interpretation, please see www.measles.co.nz
Nucleic acid extraction and Measles virus RNA detection RT-PCR. Vaccine strain specific PCR can also be tested if indicated.
$239.2 (Exclusive of GST)
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