Mumps Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Abbrev Code:MUMPCR   
Order Code:LAB6862Order Name:Mumps Confirmation PCR
Methodology:Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
CPT Codes: x0
Special Instructions:All suspect cases of mumps and specimens submitted for testing must be coordinated with an MDH epidemiologist at 651-201-5414 or toll-free at 1-877-676-5414.
Associated Links:

MDH Submission Form

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Order of preference: Buccal swab - Collect on 0-5 day of swelling, throat swab is a second choice - Collect a buccal swab and a urine sample on Day 6-9.
Optimal Volume:See Collection Instructions
Minimum\Peds Volume:See Collection Instructions
Container:See Collection Instructions
Alternate Containers: Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:Buccal swab: Massage the buccal cavity (the space near the upper rear molars between the cheek and the teeth) for 30 seconds and swab the area. Obtain a generous amount of saliva. Place swab in a sterile tube containing 2-3 mL of viral transport medium.
Throat swab:  (if unable to obtain a buccal specimen): Vigorously swab tonsillar areas and posterior nasopharynx and a viral culturette. Use tongue blade to depress tongue to prevent contamination of swab with saliva. Place swab into viral transport medium.
Urine specimen: Collect 10 mL of urine in a sterile urine container. First-morning voided specimens are ideal, but any urine collection is adequate. Have patient void directly into container; collect from the first part of the stream if possible.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:


·          Do not process. Store in refrigerator.

·          Send specimen with a completed MDH submission form.

·          Package the specimen utilizing category B shipping instructions.

·          Label the package for delivery to MDH and ship directly to MDH.


Shipping Instructions:Ship overnight at refrigerated temperature. Enclose the MDH submission form with specimen.
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