Measles: IgM detection of measles virus in serum 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 performed under accreditation from BELAC, ISO15189.

Purpose of the test

Detection of IgM antibodies directed against Measles virus in serum 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: Serum
  • 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 13/3/109/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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