Clinical definition of the Measles test
Measles, also called as Rubeola or English Measles, is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory system caused by a virus. It causes flu-like symptoms along with a total-body skin rash. Measles is spread by contact with the fluids from an infected person's nose and mouth, either directly or through aerosol transmission. Measles or Rubeola is sometimes confused with rubella (German measles). Both the diseases are unrelated. There is no specific treatment for measles. The only way of preventing it is by administrating the MMRV [measles-mumps-rubella plus varicella (chicken-pox)] vaccine during childhood that would give immunity to the disease.

Why is the Measles test done?
The measles test is usually done to check for the presence of antibodies against the virus.

What are the common signs/symptoms when the Measles test is done?
Symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
  • Koplik's spots seen inside the mouth (small red spots with blue-white centers which disappear in a day of appearing)
  • Itching full-body rash (changing color from red to dark brown, before disappearing)

Rare but severe cases can cause:

  • Ear infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Seizures (jerking and staring)
  • Brain damage
  • Death

What should I do before the Measles test?

Specimen type

Specimen collection procedure

Preparatory instructions before the test *

Serum (Blood Sample)

Venipuncture - Collection of blood from a vein, usually from the arm.

No Fasting Required.

No other special preparations required.

*Subjects suffering from any illness or on oral or injectable medications are advised to consult their physician prior to requesting any tests or procedures.

How do I interpret my Measles test results?


Reference Range*


Below 0.1 O.D units


0.1 to 0.2


Above 0.2


‘*A Reference range is a set of values which helps the healthcare professional to interpret a medical test. It may vary with age, gender, and other factors. Reference ranges may also vary between labs, in value & units depending on instruments used and method of establishment of reference ranges’

Diseases/conditions related to the Measles test

  • Rubella
  • Bronchopneumonia

Other tests related to the Measles test

  • Rubella (German measles or 3-day measles)

Synonyms : Rubeola, English measles