Measles (Rubeola) Antibodies, IgG and IgM
Ordering Recommendation

Aid in the diagnosis of measles infection. Test may not be helpful in patients who have recently received an MMR vaccination.

Semi-Quantitative Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay/Semi-Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
Mon, Wed, Fri
1-6 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Serum separator tube. 
Specimen Preparation
Separate serum from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.1 mL) Parallel testing is preferred and convalescent specimens must be received within 30 days from receipt of the acute specimens. Mark specimens plainly as "acute" or "convalescent." 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Refer to individual components. 
After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles) 
Reference Interval
Test Number
Reference Interval
0050380Measles (Rubeola) Antibody, IgGEffective August 20, 2012

24.9 AU/mL or less: Negative - No significant level of detectable measles (rubeola) IgG antibody.
25.0-29.9 AU/mL: Equivocal - Repeat testing in 10-14 days may be helpful.
30.0 AU/mL or greater: Positive - IgG antibody to measles (rubeola) detected, which may indicate a current or past exposure/immunization to measles (rubeola).
0099597Measles (Rubeola) Antibody, IgM0.79 AU or less: Negative - No significant level of IgM antibodies to measles (rubeola) virus detected.
0.80-1.20 AU: Equivocal - Repeat testing in 10-14 days may be helpful.
1.21 AU or greater: Positive - IgM antibodies to measles (rubeola) virus detected. Suggestive of current or recent infection or immunization.  However, low levels of IgM antibodies may occasionally persist for more than 12 months post-infection or immunization.

Interpretive Data

Hotline History
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Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0050380Measles, Rubeola, Antibody IgG7962-4
0099597Measles, Rubeola, Antibody IgM25421-9
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