General Info About Mumps
The salivary glands are located on either side of the face, below the ears. This infection gives an appearance rather like a ‘hamster with food in its cheeks’.
Mumps most commonly occurs in children aged 2-12 years who have not been vaccinated against the disease. However, it can occur at any age. It was a common childhood disease before the development of the mumps vaccine (MMR vaccine).
Mumps is spread by droplet infection. This is less communicable than measles or chickenpox. One attack usually confers permanent immunity, even though only one salivary gland has been enlarged. About 25 to 30% of cases are clinically in apparent.
Swelling and tenderness of the parotid gland are the classical signs of mumps, and diagnosis is made on this basis. Laboratory tests are rarely required.
Serious complications of mumps are rare and include meningitis, encephalitis, deafness and orchitis.
There is no specific treatment for mumps. Treatment aims at relieving the pain and discomfort caused by the swelling.
Latest Publications and Research on MumpsCommentary: mumps vaccines: do we need a new one? - Published by PubMed
Two measles outbreaks after importation - utah, march-june 2011. - Published by PubMed
A cross-sectional study of susceptibility to vaccine-preventable diseases among prison entrants in New South Wales. - Published by PubMed
Childhood infectious diseases and risk of leukaemia in an adult population. - Published by PubMed
Seroprevalence survey on measles, mumps, rubella and varicella antibodies in healthcare workers in Japan: sex, age, occupational-related differences and vaccine efficacy. - Published by PubMed