How to Test for Measles

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How to Test for Measles

What is Measles?

Measles, also known as Rubeola, is a highly contagious viral disease.  It is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.  People who inhale these droplets or touch infected surfaces can pick up the virus.  Approximately 90% of susceptible people who come in contact with the virus will be infected.  Due to modern vaccination procedures, measles is fairly rare in the United States although periodic outbreaks do still occur.  Worldwide, measles is responsible for about 100,000 deaths per year. 

What are the symptoms of measles? 

Measles symptoms typically begin about 7-14 days after the initial exposure.  Early symptoms include fever, cough, red watery eyes, and runny nose.  Within a few days of the onset of symptoms, many people will develop small white spots on the inside of their mouth.  About 3-5 days after symptoms begin, most people will develop a red spotty rash which usually begins on the face and spreads to the body, arms, legs, and feet.  

How to test for Measles

Identifying a measles infection early can help to minimize the risk of spreading it to others.  Because the early symptoms of measles are common to other illnesses it can be difficult to identify a case of measles until more distinctive symptoms develop.  A Rubeola IgM Antibody test can identify antibodies that the immune system produces shortly after an infection.  The presence of these antibodies can help to confirm a case of measles and differentiate it from other conditions with similar symptoms. 

IgM antibody levels will typically begin to decrease after several weeks as the body produces IgG antibodies.  IgG antibodies will also develop in response to vaccination for measles.  These IgG antibodies will typically provide lifelong protection and prevent someone from contracting measles again.  Sometimes another vaccination later in life may be required.  Testing for IgG antibodies to measles can verify a person's immune status.  A Rubeola IgG Antibody test is a convenient option for people who require proof of their immunity.  Rubeola/Measles titer testing is often required for people who are starting school, working in the medical industry, or traveling to parts of the world for measles is more prevalent.  Measles IgG titer testing is available by itself but is often done along with testing for Mumps and Rubella as part of the MMR titer panel.

How to get a Measles Test     

Request A Test works with over 3600 lab locations in the US to make ordering a Measles IgG tired test easy fo anyone who needs it.   Just visit our website at www.requestatest.com or call us at 1-888-732-2348 to place your order.  No doctor's visit or insurance is required.  Most orders only take 5-10 minutes to set up and you can go to the lab the same day.  Results are typically available in just a few business days.  In addition to the Rubeola (Measles) IgM and IgG Antibody Blood Test, we also offer a variety of other titer immunity tests as well as a wide selection of other lab tests to meet your needs.

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