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 inapparent.
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.
There is no specific treatment for mumps. Treatment aims at relieving the pain and discomfort caused by the swelling.
Latest Publications and Research on Mumps
- Structural basis for Glycan-receptor binding by mumps virus hemagglutinin-neuraminidase. - Published by PubMed
- Enhancing Immunization Rates in Two Urban Academic Primary Care Clinics: A Before and After Assessment. - Published by PubMed
- Coverage rates of the children vaccination programme in Greenland. - Published by PubMed
- Comparison of the Seroprevalence of Measles Antibodies among Healthcare Workers in Two Korean Hospitals in 2019. - Published by PubMed
- Live attenuated MMR/V booster vaccines in children with rheumatic diseases on immunosuppressive therapy are safe: Multicenter, retrospective data collection. - Published by PubMed