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Mumps Serology & PCR


Test Usage

Diagnosis of past infection (IgG) or vaccination and current / recent infection (IgM) with Mumps virus.

Routine testing is not recommended post vaccines.


Serology – Blood sample (serum)

PCR – Oral fluid (Buccal swab)

Specimen container

Gold top clotted (5ml)

Red or green topped viral swab or Buccal kit from UKHSA South West HPT (0300 303 8162)

To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Search for: ‘Measles Mumps or Rubella Serology / PCR‘ or test code ‘O1230211‘ – select the appropriate test

Special Instructions

If acute infection suspected, contact PHE (0300 303 8162) & send Buccal swab as instructed.


Sent to Reference laboratory.

Processing Time

1-2 weeks

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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