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Methodology for testing measles and mumps

from Kansas Department of Health & Environment

The Kansas Health & Environmental Laboratories (KHEL) is pleased to announce advancement in viral diagnostic testing.

Effective May 15, the detection of measles and mumps will now be performed using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methodology, in lieu of cell culturing. This PCR procedure will allow an increased sensitivity and rapid detection (0-3 days), leading to enhanced patient care and a more efficient response during outbreak situations. more

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