Mumps Testing



To assist in confirming a diagnosis of a current, recent, or past mumps infection.

Patient Preparation
There are no food, fluid, activity, or medication restrictions unless by medical direction.

Normal Findings
Method: Indirect immunofluorescence.

NegativeNo significant level of detectable antibodyNegativeNo significant level of detectable antibody; indicative of nonimmunity
IndeterminateEquivocal results; retest in 7–14 daysIndeterminateEquivocal results; retest in 7–14 days
PositiveAntibody detected; indicative of recent immunization, current or recent infectionPositiveAntibody detected; indicative of immunization, current or past infection

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions
Specific infectious organisms are required to be reported to local, state, and national departments of health. Lists of specific organisms may vary among facilities. State health departments provide information regarding reportable diseases, which can be accessed at each state health department Web site. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide information regarding national notifiable diseases at

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