Measles: IgG detection of measles virus in saliva by ELISA

Last updated on 3-7-2023 by Lee Mbambu Maswaku


  • Qualitative (negative, equivocal, positive)
  • In case of equivocal, a follow-up sample will be requested.
  • This test is not accredited.

Purpose of the test

Detection of IgG antibodies directed against Measles virus in saliva by ELISA.

Criteria for conducting this test under the reference activities

  • Diagnosis of a case with clinical indications.
  • Confirmation

Unacceptable demands

No epidemiological or clinical indications of Measles infection or outbreak.

Instructions for samples

  • Type: Saliva (via Oracol® collection device, can be ordered from the NRC via
  • Sample collection: at least 7 days after rash apperance
  • 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

4 business days

Communication of test results

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

Pathogen info

Measles virus


Is the analysis accredited?

Materials and methods

Method reference: 
SOP 13/3/117/N

Turnaround time and time slots

Turnaround time: 
4 days

Service in charge of the analysis

Contact person(s)

Contact email

Analysis categories


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