Pathology Handbook

Rubella IgM antibodies (for current infection)

Clinical Indications

Confirmation of current Rubella infection

Test Includes

Detection of IgM antibodies to Rubella virus

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Turnaround Time

All tests will be performed on the next normal working day after receipt of the sample


Serum, Red or gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


Vacutainer red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at 4ºC; store at -40ºC for 3 months from date of receipt

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory
Leaking sample