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young girlMumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands. Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps.

Before the routine vaccination program was introduced in the United States, mumps was a common illness in infants, children and young adults. Because most people have now been vaccinated, mumps has become a rare disease in the United States...more


Mumps Topics

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Overview, signs & symptoms, complications, transmission, photos...

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Information on getting vaccinated....

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Overview, questions and answers...

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Background, acceptable presumptive evidence of immunity, healthcare worker exclusion, patient isolation...

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Information about current and past mumps outbreaks, Q&As about outbreaks for patients and healthcare providers, mumps outbreak articles…

Questions and AnswersClinical Questions and Answers

Patient isolation, physical findings and complications, case reporting, exposure and response...

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Answers specific questions about lab tests used to diagnose mumps...

ResourcesPublications and Resources

MMWR articles, pink book's chapter on mumps, surveillance manual's chapter on mumps...

Mumps Information for Kids

Mumps Guy

Mumps is one attacker with a spiteful sense of humor, giving about one-third of its victims plumped up "chipmunk cheeks."...more[1 page]

Fast Facts about Mumps

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Fact sheet with information about symptoms, vaccination, complications, and transmission.


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