Measles, mumps and Rubella oral fluid (saliva) test



Taking an oral fluid sample 

  • Suspected measles, mumps and Rubella cases can be confirmed using an oral fluid test kit
  • Ideally the sample should be taken as soon as possible after the onset of the first symptoms, although is still acceptable at up to 8 weeks
  • Kits are available from the Health Protection Team (telephone number 0300 303 8162) on notification of suspected cases of measles, mumps or Rubella
  • The laboratory only holds small stocks of these test kits for exceptional use only
  • Tests are posted directly to the Public Health England laboratory in London
  • Results are posted back to the requesting GP and a copy is sent to the local Health Protection Team; the laboratory does not receive results
  • See alternative pages for antibody testing for the individual viruses
  • Measles, mumps and Rubella are notifiable diseases. Click for notification form

Sample requirements

Swab test pack Oral fluid testing pack

Patients should be sampled as soon after onset of illness as possible

Full instructions are included with the sampling kit or click here  link to an external site

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset
  • Details of exposure to other suspected cases


Post immediately to:

MMR oral fluid scheme

Centre for Infections

Health Protection Agency

61 Colindale Avenue

London NW9 5EQ.

using the pre-paid and labelled plastic bag supplied with the kit

Turnaround time

Sent to the National Reference Centre

Up to 3 weeks

Page last reviewed: 15/09/2014