Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Detection of Mumps RNA is indicative of infection with Mumps virus.
No virus detected.
A sample from which Mumps RNA is not detected does not preclude diagnosis of Mumps viral infection. The virus may be present at levels below the limits of detection for this assay or inhibitors of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) may be present.
1 - 2 weeks
Mumps testing is available through the MDHHS laboratory but must be approved. Pre-approval arrangements must be made through Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at 734-936-6355 or page 30032. Using Dacron or other synthetic tip swab, collect a buccal mucosa swab as soon as possible after onset, ideally within 3 days of onset (no later than 9 days after symptom onset). Place swab in M4-RT transport media and refrigerate. Please include completed MDHHS Microbiology/Virology Test Requisition available online at http://www.pathology.med.umich.edu/handbook/Tables/REQ-MDCH_MicroViro.p… and submit with the specimen.
Mumps testing is available through the MDHHS laboratory but must be approved. Pre-approval arrangements for Michigan clients must be made through the MDHHS VPD Surveillance Coordinator at 517-335-8159.Preapproval for Michigan Medicine physicians may be obtained from Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at 734-936-6355 or page 30032.
Collect oral/buccal swab with a dacron tip and an aluminum or plastic shaft, and place into M4RT transport media. Send to Specimen Processing refrigerated.
Test sent to Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS); although there is no charge for testing, MLabs charges a handling fee for processing and forwarding specimens to MDHHS.