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Mumps | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the infection?

The mumps vaccine or a previous mumps infection protects against infection. The vaccine can be given alone or combined with the measles and rubella vaccines, known as the MMR vaccine.

What are the long-term effects of the infection?

Very rarely, sterility or death occur. These outcomes are more likely to happen in adults with mumps. Other long-term complications of the mumps include:

  • arthritis
  • kidney problems
  • inflammation of the thyroid or pancreas
  • hearing loss
  • meningitis (men-in-jie-tis), or inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes
  • What are the risks to others?

    A person who has mumps can pass the infection on through respiratory secretions, such as nasal discharge or infected droplets spread through coughs or sneezes or saliva.

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    Mumps: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
    Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
    Date Reviewed: 04/19/01

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