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Laboratory Test Reference Guide

Laboratory Information

Test Name

Measles serology


Measles IgG
Measles IgM

Specimen Collection

Adult Specimen

Gold or Red tube

Paediatric Specimen

Paediatric Gold or Red tube

Instructions for Referral to Waikato Lab

Aliquot instructions

300uL serum

Aliquot Transport


Test Information



Test Availability

Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1630 excl. Public Holidays

Laboratory Turnaround Time

Batched twice weekly

Diagnostic Use Or Instructions

The first line test for suspected measles infection is a nasopharyngeal viral swab.

Please notify the Medical Officer of Health with cases of suspected measles.

Measles IgM testing will only be performed if directed by a Medical Officer of Health.