Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus. Most people with mumps recover in 7-10 days. Rarely, serious complications can occur including deafness, decreased fertility (in males), and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). 

Please contact your healthcare provider if you think you have mumps.

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Healthcare providers are reminded to report suspected cases of mumps.
  1. Signs & Symptoms
  2. Transmission
  3. Prevention
  4. If You Think You Have Mumps

child with mumpsSymptoms usually appear 12-25 days after a person has become infected. Symptoms include:

  • Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face (parotitis)
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Tiredness
  • Swollen, painful testicles
  • Abdominal pain in females
  • Loss of appetite

People infected with mumps are considered contagious 1-2 days before swelling/pain starts and for 5 days afterwards.