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Mumps is a contagious viral infection that used to be common in children.
Symptoms of mumps
The symptoms of mumps usually develop 14 to 25 days after a person is infected with the mumps virus (the incubation period).
Causes of mumps
Mumps is caused by the mumps virus, which belongs to a family of viruses known as paramyxoviruses.
Diagnosing mumps
If you suspect that you or your child has mumps, it's important to see your GP for a diagnosis.
Treating mumps
There are currently medications to specifically treat the mumps virus. Instead, treatment is focused on relieving symptoms until your body’s immune system fights off the infection.
Complications of mumps
There are several problems that often occur with mumps. These can be worrying, but they are rarely serious and usually improve as the infection passes.
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