Rubella: IgM detection of rubella virus in serum by ELISA

Last updated on 11-7-2023 by Lee Mbambu Maswaku


  • Qualitative (negative, equivocal, positive)
  • In case of equivocal, 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 Rubella virus in serum by ELISA.

Criteria for conducting this test under the reference activities

  • Diagnosis of a case with clinical indications.
  • Confirmation

ATTENTION: If you suspect a case of congenital Rubella, please send your sample to the NRC for Congenital Infections

Unacceptable demands

No clinical indications of Rubella infection.

Instructions for samples

  • Type: Serum
  • Sample collection from the onset of 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.


Pathogen info

Rubella virus


Is the analysis accredited?

Materials and methods

Method reference: 
SOP 13/3/111/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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