Quick Update: Measles in LA County, a Few Tips on Specimen Collection for Measles Testing, and More!
A 4-case outbreak of measles in LA. Read the press release.
Here is a cheat sheet made by California Department of Public Health on how to collect specimens for measles testing at public health laboratories in California.
THROAT specimens are preferred over NP for PCR testing!
Urine should also be collected for PCR.
PCR specimens should be collected within 2 weeks after rash onset.
Serum should be collected at least 72 hours after rash onset to avoid false negative results.
If you haven't read my new blog on ASM Bugs and Drugs, here's the link. In this first of a (planned) three-part series, I talk about the origin and history of syphilis. Very fascinating, if I do say so myself :)