Cause: Mumps virus
Spread by: droplets, infectious 10 – 14 days before swelling shows
Infectious: 5 - 9 days after symptoms appear
Duration: 1-3 weeks after contamination
Immunisation: Yes, dramatic reduction in Mumps cases since vaccination
Orchitis - swelling of the testicles (one or both) in males who have reached puberty.
Meningitis - inflammation of the membranes (meninges) around the brain and spinal chord.
Pancreatitis - Inflammation of the pancreas causing nausea nad vomiting and upper abdominal pain
Ears - hearing loss can occur, although rare
Cardiac - Abnormal heartbeats, although also rare
Miscarriage - Mumps in early pregnancy can possible lead to a miscarriage
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