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Test Code Mumps Buccal PCR 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. For general questions regarding this test, contact Dr. Xuan Qin x72586.

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 Specimen Collection and Submission Instructions from WA DOH regarding Mumps(

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: -70C

Storage location: CPA -70C Freezer, Send Outs rack


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


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp N
  Refrigerated Y <72h
  Frozen Y >72h


Performing Laboratory

Washington State Public Health

1610 NE 150th

Shoreline, WA 98155


Phone: (206) 418-5400

Epidemiologist Phone: (206) 418-5500


Department: Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563