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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.
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