Measles IgM (Rubeola)

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #: MCW0328A    

Synonym(s): Detection of IgM Antibodies to Rubeola (Measles) Virus by Capture Enzyme Immunoassay
Requisition Form G-2A
Test Description Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect the presence of IgM antibodies of patients suspected of measles (rubeola) infection.
Pre-Approval Needed N/A
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Serum
Minimum Volume/Size Required 1.0 mL
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping Should be frozen at -15°C or colder or they may be stored at 2°C to 8°C for no longer than 48 hours.
Transport Medium N/A
Specimen Labeling At least 2 patient specific identifiers: First and last name as one identifier and a DOB or a unique patient specific identifier (e.g., Medical Record number); must match information on submission form (G-2A).
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements
  • Ship according to Dangerous Goods Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.
  • Handled as infectious agent using universal precautions. 
  • Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents.
Method Capture EIA
Turn-around Time 3 working days
Interferences/Limitations The absence of detectable IgM antibody does not rule out the possibility of recent or current infection.
Common Causes for Rejection Insufficient quantity, unacceptable specimen type or source, improper shipping conditions, expired media or collection container, discrepancies between specimen label and submission form, and/or incomplete or missing submission form.
Additional Information The results of ELISA immunoassays performed on serum from immunosuppressed patients must be interpreted with caution.