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Mumps by PCR

Mnemonic:    [UNLIST LAB]
Name:    Mumps by PCR
Specimen:     Collect samples within the first few days after onset of illness:

Swab source:
-Preferred specimen is a buccal swab in conjunction with either an oropharyngeal (throat) swab or nasopharyngeal swab. Whenever possible, both a buccal swab and respiratory swab should be collected for PCR.

Collection instructions:
-ONLY synthetic-tipped swabs (Polyester, Rayon, and Dacron) should be used. Do not use wooden swabs or calcium alginate swabs.
-For the buccal swab massage the parotid gland just in front of the earand near the angle of the jaw for 30 seconds. Swab the area between the cheek and gum by sweeping the swab near the upper molar to the lower molar area. Try to obtain a generous amount of saliva.
-Place swabs in Viral Transport Media.
-Store specimens at 2-8C (refrigerated)

Requisition:
-Use HETL requisition
-Fill in all patient demographic information
-check Mumps RT-PCR

Transport:
-Send refrigerated samples to Maine's CDC HETL (Health & Environmental Testing Lab)
Ref Lab/Code:    PHL HETL