Measles Virus PCR Print

WSLH Department: CDD - Communicable Disease Division
WSLH Test Code: VR01713
Availability: Monday-Friday
Turn-around Time: 1-3 Days
Recommended Uses: Test of choice for detection of measles infections
Additional Tests Performed:
Patient Preparations:
Specimen Requirements: Combined throat/nasopharyngeal Dacron or polyester swab in Viral Transport Medium (VTM) - Viral Specimens collection kit #18, or urine
Specimen Handling & Transport: Store specimens refrigerated (2-8 degrees C) and transport with cool pack. Send immediately and within 10 days of collection.
Collection Kit/Container: Viral Specimens
Collection Instructions:
Unacceptable Conditions: Cotton swabs, specimens collected >10 days from receipt
Requisition Form: CDD Requisition Form A
Required Information: Laboratory regulations require the following minimum information to be provided on the requisition form for a specimen to be accepted for testing: Patient name or unique identifier; date and time of collection, patient date of birth and sex, specimen type/site of collection, test request(s), clinician name and UPIN, and address for reporting results. Please be certain that name/identifier on the form matches that on the specimen label.
Results Include: Measles virus RNA detected/not detected, Equivocal, Indeterminate
Limitations: A negative test result does not rule out infection with measles virus.
Additional Tests Recommended: Measles IgM
Additional Comments: Please contact your Local Health Department for approval when submitting specimens for Measles virus testing. **Measles vaccine real-time RT-PCR is performed on specimens from patients with recent vaccine history. This test can aid in determining if a positive result is due to the identification of a wild-type or vaccine strain. **Genotyping is performed on all specimens that are positive for wild-type virus, for epidemiologic surveillance purposes.
Methodology: Real-time RT-PCR
Includes: Real-time PCR for detection of measles virus RNA.
CPT Code: 87798
Price: $225.00
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