Virus Isolation Kit
Refrigerated/freeze packs. Note that measles virus is sensitive to heat and dessication. It is important to transport samples with cold packs as soon as possible following sample collection.
Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
10-50 mL of urine .
Test Request Form(s)
No virus Isolated
Other virus isolated
- Specimen received warm
- Specimen not in viral transport medium
- Incorrect specimen type
- No name on specimen
- Quantity not sufficient
- Improper storage/transport of specimen
Specimen received warm
Specimen not received within eight days of collection
Subject to testing involved. Specimens may be referred to the CDC laboratory for additional characterization.
CDC requests viral isolates or clinical specimens for the genetic characterization of the measles virus. Specimens should be shipped to the MSPHL and will be forwarded to the CDC laboratory. For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/measles/lab-tools/rt-pcr.html.