Information on Mumps
Before the introduction of the mumps vaccine, nearly everyone in the United States experienced mumps at some point, with 90 percent of cases occurring in children under the age of 15. Now, there are fewer than 1,000 cases of mumps reported each year in the United States.
In many cases, the first sign of mumps is swelling of the salivary glands. Other common symptoms include fever, tiredness, and sore throat. This disease is caused by the mumps virus, which is found around the world and only affects humans. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, droplets of saliva and mucus infected with the mumps virus can be spread to others.
(Click Mumps for an in-depth discussion on this topic. This article covers how a diagnosis is made, what to expect during an outbreak, and the typical prognosis.)