Measles: IgM 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 result, a follow-up sample will be requested.
  • This test is not accredited.

Purpose of the test

Detection of IgM 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 the earliest 3 days after rash onset. The concentration peaks on day 7-10 after the onset of the rash and the presence of the antibodies is detectable for up to 6-8 weeks after the rash.
  • 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.

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: 
SOP 13/3/120/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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