Measles and Mumps AntibodyBlood Test
The measles and mumps antibody blood test is a laboratory test used to detect the presence of antibodies against the measles and mumps viruses in the blood. Measles and mumps are both highly contagious viral infections that can cause serious complications, particularly in young children.
The antibody blood test is typically ordered to determine if an individual has been previously exposed to the measles and mumps viruses and has developed immunity to these infections. It is also used to assess the effectiveness of vaccination against measles and mumps.
The test measures two types of antibodies: IgM and IgG. IgM antibodies are the first type of antibody produced in response to an infection, while IgG antibodies are produced later and are indicative of long-term immunity. A positive result for IgM antibodies indicates a current or recent infection, while a positive result for IgG antibodies indicates previous exposure and immunity to the virus.
The measles and mumps antibody blood test is particularly important for individuals who have not been vaccinated against these viruses or who may have been exposed to someone with the infection. It is also used in certain settings, such as schools and healthcare facilities, to screen individuals for immunity to measles and mumps.
It is important to note that the antibody blood test is not used to diagnose an active measles or mumps infection. A separate diagnostic test, such as a viral culture or PCR test, may be needed to confirm an active infection.
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