Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary gland caused by the
Rubulavirus. Usually mild, mumps is
commonly characterised by swollen salivary glands in the neck,
cheek and jaw area. Other symptoms can include fever, muscle aches
and a loss of appetite. It can take several weeks to develop
symptoms following infection and patients usually recover within 10
Although rare, serious complications such as partial or complete
deafness can occur. Mumps infection during the first
trimester of pregnancy may cause miscarriage, but has not been
associated with birth defects. Other less frequent
complications include serious infection of the ovaries, pancreas,
liver, brain and heart.
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