Measles (Rubeola Virus) Viral Culture

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Turnaround Time: 7 - 14 days
CPT Code:

87252, 87254

Test Type: Nasopharyngeal swab, throat swab, or urine


Diagnosis of measles infection.

Measles virus can often be isolated from respiratory specimens during the later part of the prodromal period and during the early stages of rash development. Virus may be isolated from urine as late as the fourth to the seventh day after rash onset. Failure to isolate measles virus does not rule out infection.

Collection Details:

Collection Instructions:

Swab in viral transport medium at 2°C to 8°C; urine in a sterile, leakproof container at 2°C to 8°C.

Refrigerate at 2°C to 8°C.