Description: Mumps is an infection caused by a virus. It is sometimes called infectious parotitis, and it primarily affects the salivary glands.Mumps is mostly a mild childhood disease. It most often affects children between five and nine years old. But the mumps virus can infect adults as well. When it does, complications are more likely to be serious. Mumps virus is present throughout the world. It is spread by airborne droplets released when an infected person sneezes or coughs and by direct contact with an infected person.
Prevention: Live attenuated viral mumps vaccine - one dose given subcutaneously, usually in MMR
Statistics on Mumps
Distribution of reported mumps genotypes, 2005-2011
Last Update: 03 September 2014