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Measles virus PCR

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Request when acute measles diagnosis required.

Measles is a Group A Notifiable Disease and requires immediate notification to both IPAC and DHHS by TELEPHONE (1300 651 160) upon clinical suspicion or initial diagnosis (presumptive or confirmed). A throat swab (dry or in UTM) is the preferred specimen. When approval from DHHS is received notify Microbiology to ensure the specimens are processed urgently.

Alternate names:
Measles NAD
Laboratory:
Referred Test
Test Code:
MEPCR
Specimen types:
NTS - nose & throat swab
Blood
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Urine
Container types:
Swab - white top, plain swab, plastic shaft
Viral Transport Media - Nasopharyngeal
ACD
EDTA
CSF
Sterile Jar
Swab - white top, plain swab, plastic shaft
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab

Blood (ACD or EDTA), nose/throat swab, urine or CSF required.

Minimum Adult Volume:
0.2 mL
Notes:

Genotype will be determined if positive.

Frequency:
As required
Result Turnaround Time:
2-4 days
Laboratory Use Only
Laboratory Notes:

Contact VIDRL 9342 2648

External Laboratory:
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (V.I.D.R.L)
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