Investigations Mumps causes epidemic parotitis and orchitis, particularly among university students. Outbreaks can occur in unvaccinated or under-vaccinated populations, but even fully-vaccinated people may become susceptible to mumps over time (secondary vaccine failure). Rarely, mumps can progress to viral meningitis.

A diagnosis of mumps can be made on clinical grounds, and laboratory confirmation is not required, unless there are atypical features. If a case of mumps is suspected, inform public health and consider discussing the case with an infectious diseases physician or a medical virologist or a medical microbiologist.

Serology tests
Mumps IgG (sent to an external reference laboratory)

Molecular tests
Mumps PCR (sent to an external reference laboratory)

Inform lab before sending No, except for URGENT SAMPLES. Contact the laboratory on 0151 706 4410 to request urgent testing
Specimen type Serology
Clotted blood: 5ml Clot activator and separation gel (GOLD CAPPED) container.

Swabs: Swab the posterior pharynx and transfer the swab to a green-topped Virocult tube before returning it to the Virology laboratory. REMEL swab (RED CAPPED) collection kits are a suitable alternative swab collection kit.
CSF: Collect at least 0.2ml using the CSF sample collection kit if available. A sterile container is a suitable alternative.
Ideal time to take specimen  
Labelling requirements click here
How to take the specimen  
Transport to the laboratory If transport is delayed then store at +4°C
Test Times These tests are sent to an external laboratory.
Turnround 2-4 weeks
Additional information   click here


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