Mumps (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of a mumps infection?

Mumps is generally a benign self-limited disease that produces lifelong immunity. Severe side effects are extremely rare; more common complications (though still relatively rare) are listed above. Non-immune women who contract mumps during the first trimester of their pregnancy have an increased rate of miscarriage, but infants carried to term have no higher risk for congenital malformations.

Where can people find more information on mumps?

The CDC web site ( provides an excellent resource for the disease and vaccination program for mumps and many other common infectious diseases. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics ( also provides valuable information for the medically trained and nonmedically trained individual.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


Albrecht, Mary A. "Epidemiology, Clinical Manifestations, Diagnosis and Management of Mumps." Jan. 2011.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/11/2014

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