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What is the mumps?
Mumps is a very contagious viral illness that usually consists of a fever and swelling of the salivary glands in the mouth and near the ear. It may also involve the central nervous system.
What causes the mumps?
The mumps are caused by a virus called the paramyxovirus. It's spread from one child to another through direct contact with discharge from the nose and throat. Infected droplets in the air from a sneeze or close conversation can be inhaled and may cause infection. Your child is contagious from one to seven days before the symptoms occur, and remains contagious for five to nine days after.
Is the mumps common?
What are the symptoms of the mumps?
Symptoms of the mumps may vary for each child who is affected. It may take between 16 to 18 days for your child to develop signs of mumps after coming in contact with the disease. The most common symptoms include:
In an early phase of the disease
Within 24 hours of the above symptoms
Over the next 24 hours
What are the complications from the mumps?
Mumps can lead to sever complications, including:
Can you prevent the mumps?
The mumps vaccine is usually given in combination with the measles and the rubella vaccine. Most children who receive their shots will be protected during childhood. The MMR vaccines are given in two doses to babies and children, once between the ages of 12 and 15 months, and again between the ages of 4 to 6 years. Learn more about the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.
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