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Test Code: Measpc Preferred Name Measles PCR

No
< 2 days
Daily
< 4 days
Medicare Item
N/A

Test Tubes

ImageSpecimen TypeSpecimen VolumeTube Type
CSF0.5 - 1.0 mLBlack top tubes (kit contains 3 tubes; sterile)
TissueSterile container 70 mL (yellow lid)
Nasopharngeal SwabRegular Flocked Swab
Nasopharngeal Aspirate0.5 mlSputum trap
Urine5 - 10 mLUrine 70 mL sterile container (yellow top)
Throat SwabSwab Flocked

COLLECTION NOTES

Laboratory Diagnosis of Measles

<=7 Days Post-Onset of Rash
PCR on Throat/Nasopharyngeal Swab (use viral transport media)or urine

> 7 Days Post-Onset of Rash
IgM Measles Serology

GENERAL NOTES



Measles is urgently notifiable to the Queensland Public Health units on clinical suspicion.
Urgent PCR can only be approved by the Public Health Unit Officer on call. The microbiologist on-call can be contacted for assistance if required.

PCR cannot be performed on swabs collected in bacterial transport medium.

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