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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

Measles Testing at State Public Health Laboratory

 

The South Dakota Public Health laboratory offers diagnostic testing to screen for measles infection. Real time RT-PCR and serology testing are performed. 

 

The rRT-PCR test requires the collection of either a nasopharyngeal swab or a throat swab.  Synthetic fiber or flocked swabs should be used for sample collection.  Do not use cotton wooden swabs or calcium alginate swabs.  Swabs must be transported in viral or universal transport media on a cool pack.  The cost of this test is $60 and the CPT is 87798. 

 

The serology assays test for the presence of IgM and IgG antibodies in serum.   The cost of the Measles IgM assay is $27.50 and the CPT is 86765; the cost of the IgG assay is $15.50 and the CPT is 88347.

Serum must also be transported on cool packs.

 

Facilities will be charged for all of the above tests. There will be no fees charged on patients that are part of a public health investigation.  Instructions will be provided by DOH staff to properly complete the Program Use Only section of the SDPHL requisition form on patients that meet this criteria. 

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