Difference between revisions of "Mumps"
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An [[infectious]] [[acute]] [[viral]] [[disease]] affecting the [[parotid glands]]. The [[gonads]],
An [[infectious]] [[acute]] [[viral]] [[disease]] affecting the [[parotidglands]]. The [[gonads]], meninges and [[pancreas]] can also be [[affected]]. The causative [[agent]] is a [[paramyxovirus]]. [[Humans]] are the only [[natural]] [[host]] for this disease.
Common [[symptoms]] include weakness, [[fever]], [[sore
Common [[symptoms]] include weakness, [[fever]], [[sore throat]], [[malaise]] and puffiness to the [[cheeks]] (due to [[parotid gland]] [[swelling]]). [[Patients]] are [[contagious]] [[prior]] to the onset of until the swellingis gone . [[Recovery]] is generally in 2 weeks
Latest revision as of 03:22, 21 March 2007
Mumps (caused by the Rubulavirus)
An infectious acute viral disease affecting the parotid glands. The gonads, meninges and pancreas can also be affected. The causative agent is a paramyxovirus. Humans are the only natural host for this disease.
Common symptoms include weakness, fever, sore throat, malaise and puffiness to the cheeks (due to parotid gland swelling). Patients are contagious 3 days prior to the onset of symptoms until the swelling is gone (approx. 9 days after) (range 6 days before - 12 days after). Recovery is generally in 2 weeks. The disease is spread through direct contact with saliva, respiratory secretions, airborne dropelets or fomites.