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Rubella

Also known as: German measles; Three-day measles; 3-day measles
Formal name: Rubella antibodies, IgM and IgG
Related tests: TORCH; Antibody Tests; Measles and Mumps; CSF Analysis;Toxoplasmosis; CMV

Why should I do it?
To determine if you have sufficient rubella antibodies to protect you from the rubella virus; to verify a past infection or detect a recent infection

When should I do it?
Prior to or at the beginning of a pregnancy to verify immunity; when a pregnant woman has symptoms of rubella, such as fever and rash; when a newborn shows signs of abnormal development or birth defects that may be caused by an in utero infection; whenever there is need to verify a recent rubella infection or to verify immunity

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm of an adult or blood drawn from a heelprick or from the umbilical cord of a newborn

Test Preparation Needed?
None