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What is mumps?

Mumps is a viral infection transmitted by and affecting only humans. While the salivary glands (especially the parotid gland) are well known to be involved during a mumps infection, many other organ systems may also experience effects of the virus infection. There is no cure for mumps, but the illness is of short duration (seven to 10 days) and resolves spontaneously. Prior to the introduction of mumps vaccination, the highest rate of new cases of mumps was reported in the late winter to early spring.

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Comment from: Donnatella, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

Mumps = world of pain. I"m a 34 year old woman who had 3 doses MMR vaccine as a child. About a week back I thought I had a mild toothache, jaw hurting, etc., but dentist said everything was fine. Three days ago I quickly came down with a very sore throat which made it hard to swallow. Then overnight, fever as high as 42 degrees. I have earache, constant headache, huge glands in neck particularly just under ears were causing swelling to my neck and face. Paracetamol and ibuprofen bring my temperature down but do nothing for pain. I can't eat and it hurts to drink. I just want to sleep all the time. Nightmare!

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Comment from: Oh no not now, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had the mumps vaccine as a child in the 1970s. When I was 18 I contracted the mumps. I found out many people who had been immunized at that time were contracting the virus. I had swelling and pain on the right side of my neck at the jawline. I had fever and extreme fatigue.

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