Item Value
Test name Measles virus RNA
Available Stat? No
Turn around times
PCR 1 week
Culture 3 weeks
Performed by State Viral & Rickettsial Disease Lab
Normal range No virus detected
Container type Universal Transport Medium
Urine cup
Red top
Amount to Collect
Nasopharyngeal flocked swab x1
Urine 50 mL
Blood 4 mL
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 9 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.
Sample type Nasopharyngeal flocked swab
Random urine

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667