How is polymerase chain reaction used in the diagnosis of measles?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Polymerase chain reaction

  • RT-PCR, if available, can rapidly confirm the diagnosis of measles [9]

  • Blood, throat, nasopharyngeal, or urine specimens can be used

  • Samples should be collected at the first contact with a suspected case of measles

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