Measles: Genotyping of measles virus

Last updated on 3-6-2024 by Amber Van Laer


  • Genotype A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H
  • This test is not accredited.

Purpose of the test

Genotyping of Measles virus via end-point PCR and Sanger sequencing.

Criteria for conducting this test under the reference activities

Performed only on samples that are PCR-positive.

Unacceptable demands

If the genotype is already known for at least 5 cases per cluster or outbreak and there are no epidemiological or clinical indications for infection with a new or unusual genotype.

Instructions for samples

  • Type:
    • Saliva (via Oracol® collection device, can be ordered from the NRC via
    • Nasopharyngeal swab (dry swab, swab in UTM or swab in liquid Amiens medium)
  • Sample collection: up to 7 days after rash apperance. Virus is detectable from 4 days before the onset of the rash until 7 days after the appearance of the rash (infectious period).
  • Storage conditions: Store samples at 4°C before shipment
  • Minimum volume: 0.5 ml

Instructions for transportation

Ship in a triple-wrapped package at room temperature.

Turn around time

30 business days

Communication of test results

The result can be communicated via mail, fax, email and eHealth.

A positive result will also be reported to your region’s health inspector.



Pathogen info

Measles virus


Is the analysis accredited?

Materials and methods

Method reference: 

Turnaround time and time slots

Turnaround time: 
30 days

Service in charge of the analysis

Contact person(s)

Contact email

Analysis categories


QR code

QR code for this page URL