Mumps PCR

Microbiology

Notes

 

  • For suspected cases in hospital inpatients please inform the Infection Control team as soon as possible and ensure that the patient is isolated until the diagnosis is clarified
  • Suspected cases can be confirmed by a MMR oral fluid test; kits are available from the Health Protection Team on Telephone number 0300 303 8162
  • Mumps PCR is an alternative diagnostic method performed on viral throat swabs. This is the preferred test for hospital inpatients.
  • Another alternative is Mumps serum antibody testing
  • For mumps immunity, see Mumps antibodies - immunity
  • Mumps is a notifiable disease. Click for notification form.

Sample requirements

Check swab expiry date before use

(Date is in YYMMDD format)

Viral swab of throat

Viral swab

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset
  • Details of exposure to other suspected cases
  • Vaccination history
  • For hospital inpatients date of admission and time of isolation

Storage/transport

Store at room temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to the National Reference Centre

Up to 3 weeks


Page last reviewed: 12/12/2017