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Patient Isolation

Mumps Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings


In addition to standard precautions, patients with clinical signs and symptoms of mumps illness should be cared for using droplet precautions.

Most mumps transmission likely occurs before parotitis onset and within the subsequent 5 days. Patients should be isolated for 5 days following onset of parotitis. In healthcare settings, both standard and droplet precautions with respiratory etiquette apply during the 5 day period of isolation. For additional information, see CDC’s MMWR, Updated Recommendations for Isolation of Persons with Mumps.