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Measles, mumps, rubella virus culture

Clinical Virology Laboratory


Health Science

Lab name

Clinical Virology Laboratory

Lab location

NCBID Wallaceville

Test name

Measles, mumps, rubella virus culture


Measles virus (family: Paramyxoviridae; Genus: Morbillivirus)Mumps virus (family: Paramyxoviridae; Genus: Paramyxovirus)Rubella (family: Togaviridae; Genus: Rubivirus)

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample requirements

Preferred specimens for measles virus isolation: urine, throat/nasopharyngeal secretions, whole blood (leukocytes), CSF, autopsy/biopsy tissues (brain, lung, skin), etc, during early acute phase of the infection. 

Media requirements

Viral transport medium

Pre-transport requirements

5 ± 3°C within 24 hours

Transport requirements

5 ± 3°C within 24 hours

How results reported

Report will state viral culture result for the specimen

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