All suspected cases of mumps should be reported immediately to Halton Region Public Health at 905-825-6000 (or toll-free at 1-866-442-5866) or dial 311 if calling within Halton Region.
Whenever possible, suspect mumps patients should be placed in a separate room upon arrival. Only health care workers with documented immunity to mumps should assess the patient.
Advise the patient to self-isolate at home for five days from the onset of symptoms and to expect a call from Halton Region Public Health.
A mask should be worn if the person requires being in public (e.g. lab or clinic appointments)
Testing to confirm mumps infection
Recommended specimens for acute mumps infection are:
- Buccal swab *preferred* (within nine days from symptom onset) or Throat swab (within nine days from symptom onset)
- Urine (within 14 days following symptom onset)
- Serology (IgG and IgM)
Refer to Public Health Ontario Laboratory (PHOL) Test Information Index:
- Complete all fields of the requisition form as indicated on the following webpages
- Use a PHOL requisition (external PDF)
- Contact the Ontario Public Health Laboratory Customer Service at 1-877-604-4567 prior to submitting samples for mumps PCR testing. This will facilitate testing planning and prioritization.
- Follow PHOL’s direction for sending specimens directly to the Central Public Health Lab in Toronto (external link) and marking the specimens as STAT, if applicable.