Mumps serum antibodies




  • Mumps is a notifiable disease. Click for notification form.  
  • This test is used to diagnose current or recent mumps infection
  • Suspected cases can be confirmed by a MMR oral fluid test; kits are available from the Health Protection Team (telephone number 0845 504 8668)
  • Mumps serum antibody testing is used to diagnose current or recent mumps infection
  • For mumps immunity, see Mumps antibodies - post vaccination
  • This test is part of the following viral screen sets:

Sample requirements

Serum - paired samples not normally required

8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube 

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube

Required information

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


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Mumps CFT tests are performed in-house 

Mumps IgM tests are sent to a National Reference Centre

7 - 10 days

Page last reviewed: 20/11/2013