clinical definition of measles
Measles, also known as rubeola, is a viral infection of the respiratory system. It is a very contagious disease which is spread by contact with the fluids from an infected person's nose and mouth, either directly or through aerosol transmission. The coughing or sneezing of an infected person can release the virus into the air. It causes flu-like symptoms along with a total-body skin rash.
when do you expect results?
24 to 36 Hours
why get tested?
The measles test is ordered to detect the presence of antibodies against the virus.
reason to take measles test
Commonly observed symptoms include
Itching full-body rash (changing color from red to dark brown, before disappearing)
Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
Koplik's spots seen inside the mouth (small red spots with blue-white centers which disappear in a day of appearing)
Some ver rare but severe cases can cause:
Seizures (jerking and staring)
Brain damage and occasionally even death
preparations needed for measles test
No Fasting Required.
No other special preparations required.
Specimen type:Serum (Blood Sample),Specimen collection procedure:Venipuncture - Collection of blood from a vein, usually from the arm.
Understanding results ofMeasles
|0.1 to 0.2||Borderline high|
|Below 0.1 O.D units||Negative|
‘*A Reference range is a set of values which helps the healthcare professional to interpret a medical test. It may vary with age, gender, and other factors. Reference ranges may also vary between labs, in value & units depending on instruments used and method of establishment of reference ranges’