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.
Mumps IgG (sent to an external reference laboratory)
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|
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.|
|Additional information||click here|