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