Measles Virus Culture
Nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash, throat/nasopharyngeal swabs, sputum Urine in urine culture bottle 6 mL unclotted blood in EDTA tube Brain and skin biopsiesSend samples (except urine & blood) in Virus Transport Medium. (See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Virus Isolation & Collection Methods for Virus Isolation by Sample Type)
Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze. Send samples on ice pack to laboratory.
Reported as Positive or Negative
Positive report : 2 – 14 days Negative report : 14 days
Monday – Saturday