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ID:975 Measles PCR
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Description Molecular detection of measles virus by PCR. Measles is a highly contagious disease. The clinical features and complications include disseminated maculopapular rash, coryza, conjunctivitis, pneumonia, otitis media, encephalitis etc. Although indigenous measles was rare in the UK following introduction of MMR, recent falls in vaccine coverage have contributed to a rise in susceptible individuals, and an increase in the incidence of measles.
Indication Consider in patients with maculopapular rash who have been in contact with a known case of measles or have no history of vaccination. Immunocompromised patients may not develop rash but present with pneumonitis, thus testing of a lower respiratory tract sample is advised.
Additional Info Please specify if patient has been in contact with a known case of measles. Although rare, neonatal measles has been associated with a risk of sub-acute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) - for these cases send paired CSF and serum for intrathecal antibody testing
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

SampleBuccal swab or NPA or BAL
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Collection Conditions
Min. Vol

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Ref. Range Notes
Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TAT3 days
IP Routine TAT3 days
GP Acute TAT3 days
GP Routine TAT3 days
Turnround CommentNA

Originally edited by : na. Review due on 10/05/2018 11:22:05. Published By on 10/05/2017 11:22:05.