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Mumps

What is Mumps?

Mumps is an infection that causes the salivary glands in the cheeks and under the jaw to swell. The mumps last for about 10 to 12 days. It takes about a week for the swelling to disappear.

Mumps was a common illness until the mumps vaccine was licensed in 1967. Before the vaccine, about 200,000 cases occurred each year in the United States.

Most children in United States are immunized against mumps at 15 months of age and when they enter kindergarten.

Symptoms of Mumps

Symptoms of mumps usually appear 2 to 3 weeks after exposure. The most common symptoms of mumps are: headache, fever, ear ache, problems swallowing, pain when chewing, swelling of the glands in front of the ear and under the lines of the jaw.

What causes Mumps?

Mumps is caused by a virus.

How is Mumps transmitted?

Mumps is transmitted from person to person by inhaling infected droplets such as from a sneeze or cough.

Treatments for Mumps

Treatments for mumps include rest, drinking plenty of fluids and taking a fever reducer.

Complications of Mumps

In rare cases, deafness, meningitis and swelling of the testicles or ovaries (if mumps occurs after puberty) will occur.

Can Mumps be prevented?

Yes. Mumps can be prevented by vaccination.

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