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Enzyme Linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA) - IgM

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Detection of IgM antibodies to the mumps virus by enzyme linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA).

Test Category:
Mumps virus
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Mumps

Serum or plasma (100 µL minimum) collected within 3 - 28 days of symptom onset.

Collection Method:

Collect blood in serum separator tubes (SST) or EDTA tubes.

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Follow standard laboratory techniques to prepare serum or plasma. Store at 4°C and ship at room temperature or on wet ice for arrival at the NML within 3 days of collection. Otherwise, freeze (-20°C or below) and ship frozen on dry ice.


Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.



Patient Criteria:

Patient with high fever, fatigue, and unilateral or bilateral parotitis.

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Measles, Mumps, and Rubella requisition form. Include date of symptom onset, number of doses of mumps vaccine received, date of last mumps vaccination, travel history.


Please contact the lab in advance of sending samples for testing.


Methods and Interpretation of Results:

Testing is done using a commercial ELISA assay. Positive IgM results are indicative of an acute mumps infection.

Turnaround Time:

21 calendar days. Turnaround time can be as short as 3 calendar days, with proper notification.


Phone #: (204) 789-6024 or (204) 789-7055
Fax: (204) 318-2222
  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Laboratory guidelines for the diagnosis of mumps. CCDR. 2010; 36S1: 37-41.
  2. Tipples G, J Hiebert. Detection of measles, mumps and rubella viruses. Methods Mol Biol. 2011; 665: 183-193.
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