Public Health Fact Sheet

What is Mumps?
Mumps is a vaccine preventable infectious viral disease. The virus can spread to many different tissues and can cause swelling of the salivary glands, pancreas, testes, ovaries, brain and spinal cord. Serious complications can occur.

How is Mumps spread?
Mumps is spread by direct contact with the saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person.

How is Mumps treated?
There is no specific treatment or cure for Mumps.  Doctors may recommend medication to control fever and discomfort.  Adequate rest and fluid intake can be helpful.  Please note, children with a viral illness should not receive salicylates (such as aspirin) because of the risk of developing Reye Syndrome. 

Additional information is available on the CDC website at
Symptoms of Mumps

  • Headache
  • Swelling of the glands in the neck
  • Fatigue

  • Fever for 3-4 days
  • Swelling of one or both sides of the face
  • Sensitivity to light
February 2020