Other Mumps Information
Mumps is a disease caused by a virus. This virus is an RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus from the family Paramyxovirus of the genus Rubulavirus. It only infects humans, and is found worldwide. Prior to the advent of the mumps vaccine in 1967, an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 cases occurred in the United States each year. In 2003, fewer than 300 cases were reported.
Common symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, and the characteristic swelling of the salivary gland with which this disease is associated. At this time, there is no cure, so treatment is focused on relieving symptoms while the body fights the infection. Most people have no long-term problems.
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