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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Sites requesting testing must have approval from the appropriate state or local health department before submitting specimens. Approval must be sent to NPHL by email at or by calling (402) 559-9444.

A Special Microbiology Form must accompany the specimens. Some tests require additional forms and patient history. This will be listed below when applicable. When requested, testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406 for further clarification.


  Test: Mumps Virus Culture 
  Method: Cell culture / Immunofluorescence 
  Availability: Daily; results within 10 - 14 days 
  Specimen: Saliva, Nasopharyngeal aspirate/washing, first-voided morning urine, CSF 
  Collection Device: Viral transport medium (for saliva), nasopharyngeal viral transport swab, sterile, leak-proof container (for urine and CSF) 
  Volume: No minimum 
  Storage/Transport: Submit specimens at 2 - 8 °C, do not freeze 
  Unacceptable: Dry swab, wood-shafted swab, calcium alginate swab, frozen specimen, leaking container 
  Specimen Stability: After collection: ambient, 2 hours; refrigerated, 3 days; frozen, unacceptable 
  Reference Interval: Culture negative for mumps virus 
  Reportable Disease: A positive culture is reportable 
  Comments: Specimens must be no more than 24 hours old and received at Regional Pathology Services no later than 1500 on Monday-Thursday. Due to specimen transport time, collection on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday is discouraged. Please call client services as soon as possible if sample is collected on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. 
  Revised: 2/13/2012 


If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406.