A contagious disease that is caused by the Mumps virus
- Mumps is a highly contagious disease caused by a mumps virus.
- Mumps is also called Epidemic Parotitis.
- MMR Vaccination is to be done to prevent Mumps from occuring.
- There is no available cure once effected and the treatment given is usually only supportive.
- In 10% of cases, even the spinal cord and brain are effected.
- Deaths might occur in 1 to 10k cases. Hearing loss can occur in 1 to 20k cases.
- The strange thing about this disease is that 35% of people who get it never have any physical symptoms.
- Children between the ages of five and nine were most commonly affected.
- A person with mumps will initially feel fever, muscle pain, headache, and tiredness.
- This is then usually followed by painful swelling of one or both parotid salivary glands.
- About 1 child in every 10 who gets mumps also gets meningitis.
- About two to three out of every 10 adolescent or adult men who have mumps may experience painful swelling of the testicles.
- Women who contract mumps during pregnancy have an increased risk of miscarriage in the first trimester.
- Because of widespread vaccination, there is a more than 90 percent decline in rates of disease.