Mumps is a contagious viral infection that can cause painful swelling of the salivary glands. Mumps starts just like most other viral diseases, with fever, tiredness, muscle aches, and/or loss of appetite. The classic sign of mumps -- swollen glands -- don't appear right away, and sometimes they do not appear at all. There is a vaccine to prevent mumps. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how mumps is contracted, what it looks like, how to prevent it, and much more.
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Mumps is a viral infection that can cause swelling of the salivary glands. Find out what causes it, who’s likely to get it, and what the treatment involves.
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