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Mumps: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2019 by Jolie Helton under Uncategorized. Tags:

What is mumps, and what are the symptoms?

Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Then, most people will have swelling of their salivary glands. This is what causes the puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw.

How is mumps spread?

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose, or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing, or talking; sharing items that may have saliva on them, such as water bottles or cups; participating in close-contact activities with others, such as playing sports, dancing, or kissing; or touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

When is someone contagious?

An infected person can likely spread mumps from a few days before their salivary glands begin to swell to up to five days after the swelling begins. A person with mumps should limit their contact with others during this time.

How is mumps treated?

Management for mumps is similar to the flu. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Take Motrin or Tylenol for fever and swelling, drink fluids and get plenty of rest. One of the most important steps you can take if you experience symptoms is to self-isolate , avoid travel and limit contact with others for five days from the onset of symptoms . For healthy people, there is very little risk of serious complications from the mumps.

How can I verify my immunization status?

In addition to checking with your family or primary care physician, students can verify their immunization records on file with the University via the patient portal.

Is it safe to visit UNCG for Family Weekend or admissions tours?

Yes, it is safe to visit campus. Mumps is spread through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets. Casual contact, such as visiting campus, offers minimal risk.