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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.


  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.