Mumps Real-Time RT-PCR
Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #: MZZ0700A
||Testing of suspected mumps specimens to detect the presence or absence of mumps virus RNA in symptomatic patients.
||Contact your local or state epidemiologist if mumps is suspected. Contact information can be found at the following link: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/investigation/conditions/contacts/
|Supplemental Information Required
||Date of onset
|Performed on Specimens from (sources)
|Sample/Specimen Type for Testing
- Buccal swabs
- Throat swabs
- Oral swabs
|Minimum Volume/Size Required
|Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping
||Refrigerate at 2-8°C, or freeze at -70°C or below
- Universal transport media (UTM)
- Viral transport media (VTM).
- Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number).
- Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.
|Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements
- According to Dangerous Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.
- Handling as infectious agent using universal precautions.
- Triple-contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents.
- If specimens will arrive at the lab within 48 hours of collection, refrigerate at 2-8 ̊C and ship overnight on cold packs.
- If specimens will arrive at the lab more than 48 hours after time of collection, freeze at -70 ̊C and ship overnight on dry ice.
||2 business days
- False negative may result if specimen is improperly collected, transported, or handled.
- Detection of viral RNA does not imply that the corresponding virus is infectious or is the causative agent for clinical symptoms.
- A negative result does not preclude infection.
|Common Causes for Rejection
- Information on the form and tube do not match.
- Failure to put two forms of identification on tube
- Specimens received cold greater than 48 hours after collection.
- Specimens received ambient.
- Submission of incorrect specimen type.
- Submission of expired transport media.