A mild, contagious viral disease that causes painful swelling of the parotid glands that lie between the ear and jaw. Other organs that may be included are the testicles, ovaries, pancreas, breasts, brain and meninges. It is most common in children (2 to 12 years), but 10% of adults are susceptible to mumps.
Causes of Mumps
Cause is the spread of this virus from person-to-person. It can be transmitted anytime from 48 hours before symptoms begin, and to 6 days after symptoms appear, with incubation from 14 to 24 days after contact.
Signs and Symptoms of Mumps
Symptoms of mumps without complications: inflammation, swelling and pain of the parotid glands, the glands feel firm, and pain increases with chewing or swallowing, fever, headache, and sore throat. Symptoms with complications: painful, swollen testicles, abdominal pain, if the ovaries or pancreas are involved, and severe headache, if the brain or meninges are involved.
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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