Last updated: Friday, 06, August, 2010
The diagnosis is usually obvious clinically.
If rapid confirmation is required during acute illness: nasopharyngeal aspirate for viral detection, culture.
Measles virus antibodies only indicated if the diagnosis is in doubt.
Cerebrospinal fluid examination.
CSF and serum: measles virus antibodies and rubella virus antibodies, with comparison of titres.
Cerebrospinal fluid examination for oligoclonal bands.