The National Measles Laboratory

Canterbury Health Laboratories has been designated the World Health Organisation (WHO) National Measles and Rubella Laboratory for New Zealand (NZ) since March 2005.

The National Measles Laboratory's aim is to provide laboratory support for measles outbreak investigation and confirmation of measles cases using WHO recommended methods.​

The specific objectives are to:

  • Provide laboratory support for measles surveillance and outbreak investigation.

  • Provide laboratory confirmation of serologically identified measles cases.

  • Collect samples from clinically suspected Measles cases to identify measles virus strains.

  • Participate in the WHO regional laboratory network for the Western Pacific region.

Please visit for full information regarding this service. ​​​

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Page last reviewed: 05 September 2013