Testing Resources for Measles


MEASLES Outbreak Updates

Measles Cases and Outbreaks – United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; CDC)

Measles Cases and Outbreaks – United States (Spanish, CDC)

Global Measles Outbreaks (CDC)

The Global Health Observatory: Measles - number of reported cases (World Health Organization; WHO)



Specimen Collection, Storage, and Shipment (CDC)

Collecting and shipping specimens from suspected measles cases:

  • CDC recommends that either a nasopharyngeal swab, throat swab, or urine specimen as well as a blood specimen be collected from all patients with clinical features compatible with measles.
  • Nasopharyngeal or throat swabs are preferred over urine specimens.

For U.S. patient specimens:

For International Specimens:


Test Types Typically Available to Clinicians and Descriptions for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella (Clinician-facing testing handout / fact sheet; CDC)

State & Territorial Health Department Websites (CDC)

Genetic Analysis of Measles Viruses (CDC)

WHO Manual for the Laboratory-based Surveillance of Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (WHO)



American Red Cross Measles & Rubella Partnership

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Corporate Partners