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Measles PCR

Ordering Information

Measles is classified as a Group A condition by the Department of Health and as such requires immediate notification by telephone (1300651160) or fax (1300651170) upon initial diagnosis (presumptive or confirmed), followed by written notification within five days.

The Medical Microbiologist (94964640 or 94965261) or the Microbiology Department (94965290) must also be telephoned to arrange urgent testing.


Attention CSR: Please forward Swab to the Referred Bench.

Referred Test
See collection instructions
See collection instructions
Additional Collection Instructions

Appropriate specimens include:

  • Nose & Throat swabs in Viral transport medium
  • Other respiratory specimens (induced sputum, bronchial wash or lavage, NPA)
  • Urine
  • 5mL blood in a PLAIN gel tube
  • CSF in a sterile container
Minimum Adult Volume
Minimum Paediatric Volume
On Request