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Mumps Serology

Alias: Epidemic parotitis, Mumps rubulavirus Mumps virus

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Mumps is a contagious viral infection that used to be common in children before the introduction of the MMR vaccine. Mumps serology is performed as part of an occupational screen where MMR vaccination status is uncertain. It may also be used to assess the susceptibility of contacts of suspected or proven cases of mumps. For suspected case of mumps contact the UKHSA South West Centre Health Protection Team for a Saliva (oral fluid) testing kit.

Availability: Referred to Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: Up to 3 Days upon receipt at Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Clotted blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Plain Top Sarstedt;
  • Mumps orthorubulavirus antibodies;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
5 - 10mL
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Minimum-clotting time 30 minutes.
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
  • Testing for mumps immunity pre-vaccination is not recommended.
  • Please state date of exposure details.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Results: Negative / Equivocal / Positive
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 06-06-2023