Measles Ag IF
Nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash, throat/nasopharyngeal swabs, sputum Urine in urine culture bottle Brain and skin biopsies If virus isolation is required as well, send samples (except urine & blood) in virus transport medium. Otherwise, send in sterile bottles with 1 – 2 mL of sterile saline. (See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Viral Antigen Detection)
Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze. Transport samples on ice pack to laboratory.
Reported as Negative or Positive
<1 – 2 days
Monday - Saturday