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Measles PCR (New test)
|Approval req'd?||Patient's physician must discuss the case and receive approval for submission of specimens from the SF Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Control Unit (415) 554-2830.|
|Performed by||State Viral & Rickettsial Disease Lab|
|Method||PCR, serology, culture (if indicated)|
|Collection Instructions||Patient's physician must complete Viral & Rickettsial Disease Specimen Submittal Form.
Click here for form together with a routine laboratory requisition requesting this test.
Collect nasopharyngeal swab for PCR within 7 days after rash onset.
Collect urine for PCR within 10 days after rash onset. Measles can frequently be detected in the urine later in the infection (up to 10 days - sometimes longer) when it can no longer be detected in respiratory samples.
|Container type||Universal Transport Medium
|Amount to Collect||
|Sample type||Nasopharyngeal flocked swab
|UCSF Rejection Criteria||Nasopharyngeal swab not collected using flocked swab and/or not submitted in Universal Transport Medium|
|Processing notes||Centrifuge Gold top. Refrigerate samples and send to microbiology refrigerated. Specimen is sent out by Microbiology.|
|Normal range||No virus detected|
|Stability||Refrigerated 2 days.|
|Turn around times||
|Additional information||The PCR results should always be interpreted in conjunction with serologic testing for IgM and IgG and thorough assessment of the relevant clinical and epidemiological risk factors.|
|Last Updated||3/24/2013 8:02:28 PM|
If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667