Enzyme Linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA) - IgM<<Return to Laboratory
Detection of IgM antibodies to the mumps virus by enzyme linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA).
Serum or plasma (100 µL minimum) collected within 3 - 28 days of symptom onset.
Collect blood in serum separator tubes (SST) or EDTA tubes.
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.
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.
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Patient with high fever, fatigue, and unilateral or bilateral parotitis.
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.
Testing is done using a commercial ELISA assay. Positive IgM results are indicative of an acute mumps infection.
21 calendar days. Turnaround time can be as short as 3 calendar days, with proper notification.
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