Measles is a viral infection which used to be common in childhood. The measles immunisation has been included in the UK childhood immunisation program since 1968 and it is now so rare that the World Health Organisation declared that measles had been eliminated in the UK in 2016. Symptoms develop 10-14 days after catching the virus, these include a blotchy red rash, fever, dry cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes and spots within the mouth. In most cases the infection is cleared by the immune system, but in a small number of cases the infection can be more serious, requiring hospitalisation.
This test measures Measles IgM antibodies which are part of the immune systems response to current measles infection.
What might a high result mean?
A positive result is found when someone is currently infected with the measles virus.