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Test Code LAB2502 Mumps Virus PCR, Buccal Swab

Important Note

This test is only orderable by Seattle Children's Hospital physicians. Ordering this test seeks evidence of acute infection. If so, the patient is contagious and Infection Control must be notified. Priority of testing (STAT vs. Routine) is determined by State Epidemiologist on call (206) 418-5500. Ordering provider must contact State Epidemiologist and then notify Lab of testing priority.

Clinical System Name

Mumps Virus PCR, Buccal Swab

Sample Requirements

Please call the State Epidemiologist to confirm the correct specimen type(s) required for your patient.


Specimen: Buccal Swab (SCH Locations, use the Respiratory Swab Kit to swab buccal cavity.)

Container(s): Respiratory Swab Kit in UTM


Note: Collect within 5 days (1 - 3 days is ideal) of onset of parotitis.


Note: Refer to the Washington State Department of Health's "Specimen Collection and Submission Instructions" for Mumps RT-PCR.


Note: Universal Transport Medium is same as Viral Transport Medium.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Swab not in UTM. Swab with wooden shaft.

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: 2 - 8 C

Storage Location: CPA 3 Refrigerator, Send Outs rack.


Off-site Collection: SCH Clinics ONLY. Ship refrigerated.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room Temp Unacceptable
  Refrigerated < 72h
  Frozen > 72h

Performing Laboratory

Washington State Department of Health

Public Health Laboratories

1610 NE 150th

Shoreline, WA 98155


Phone Number: (206) 418-5400

Epidemiologist's Phone Number: (206) 418-5500


Department: Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563