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What does it mean to test positive for mumps virus?

What does it mean to test positive for mumps virus?

You either have it,: Had it, or you are properly immunized against it. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mumps (Definition)

A viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (especially the parotid glands behind the ears) swell. The paramyxovirus virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person's sneeze or cough. With nearly universal immunization in childhood, there are few cases ...Read more


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Is there more than one mumps virus strain going around?

Is there more than one mumps virus strain going around?

Only one mumps: Parotitis , the single or doublesided swelling of the parotid gland is the classical feature of mumps. There is one mumps virus. However, there are multiple other viruses and some bacteria that can cause infection/swelling in the parotid glands. Just having swollen parotid glands does not mean you have mumps. ...Read more

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Is there a virus with symptoms similar to mumps?

Is there a virus with symptoms similar to mumps?

Influenza, cold: The influenza virus and the common cold viruses (rhinovirus, coronavirus, corizyvirus, and adenoviruses all have symptoms very similar to mumps. The difference is longevity of illness with cold viruses generally lasting only a few days. Mumps and influenza viral infections are prolonged lasting several weeks. Early on in mumps people often think they have a cold virus due to similar symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

Virus: Mumps (or rubulavirus) is a virus. Infection can be prevented with immunization with the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination. ...Read more

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Are you still able to pass on the virus (mumps) after all visible symptoms have faded (such as swelled salivary glands)?

Are you still able to pass on the virus (mumps) after all visible symptoms have faded (such as swelled salivary glands)?

According to CDC...: According to the centers for disease control, people with mumps are considered most contagious a few days before symptoms occur until 5 days after the onset of inflammation and swelling of the parotid (mumps) glands. Therefore the cdc recommends isolating mumps patients for 5 days after their glands begin to swell. ...Read more

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My test in mumps come out positive, what now?

Immune to mumps: The most common test done for mumps is an antibody level. If you have had the mumps or the mumps vaccine, then your test will be positive for antibodies. That means you are immune from getting the disease. If you have no antibodies, the test is negative, you are susceptible to getting mumps, and so should get the vaccine. ...Read more

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Are there lab tests to confirm the diagnosis of mumps?

Are there lab tests to confirm the diagnosis of mumps?

Yes: There is blood test to diagnose mumps, it can tell you if your are having mumps at present or you had it in the past.You get blood result in2 days ...Read more

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I got tested to see if I was immune to Measles mumps and rubella and results: measles and rubella reactive. Mumps non reactive. What does that mean?

I got tested to see if I was immune to Measles mumps and rubella and results: measles and rubella reactive. Mumps non reactive. What does that mean?

Need a booster shot: That result usually means the patient is immune to measles and to rubella, but is not immune to mumps. If she had her MMR shot before, her mumps antibodies are no longer high enough to ensure protection against mumps. She can ask her doctor about getting an MMR booster shot, which would increase her antibodies to block all 3 contagious diseases. ...Read more

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Do you think a blood test for mumps is really necessary if there's no treatment?

Do you think a blood test for mumps is really necessary if there's no treatment?

No: There is a vaccine, and that is worth it. Mumps can lead to infertility and pain, but once the manifestations are there, what's the point? There is a skin test that can define wether you have had exposure to the virus that causes. ...Read more

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Also this is NOT an STD or mumps, was confirmed by tests.

Also this is NOT an STD or mumps, was confirmed by tests.

What's the question?: It seems you have listed the answer, but we need to see the question in order to help you further. Please expand your thoughts on this. So the doctors on Health tap can help you! Thanks! ...Read more

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I have shrunken testicles due to mumps. Symen analysis test results shows nil in every category. How can I become fertile to be a dad ?

I have shrunken testicles due to mumps. Symen analysis test results shows nil in every category. How can I become fertile to be a dad ?

Mumps infertility?? : Nil in semen analysis- does it mean no abnormality or no sperms (azoospermia). Your case appears to be testicular atrophy with azoospermia secondary to mumps. This is a changing situation (because this azoospermia cannot be reversed) and will need proper consultation with a fertility expert (to discuss other alternatives suitable to individual choices). ...Read more

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Does a lab test, testing for measles, mumps, and chickenpox, also detect rubella?

Does a lab test, testing for measles, mumps, and chickenpox, also detect rubella?

No: All of these viruses are detected by individual blood tests. A separate one is needed for each. ...Read more

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I got a fever of 103, and my cheek is swollen. My doctor prescribed penicillin, and hinted that it may be mumps. Is there a test to see if it is mumps?

I got a fever of 103, and my cheek is swollen. My doctor prescribed penicillin, and hinted that it may be mumps. Is there a test to see if it is mumps?

Penicillin response: In recent epidemics we have been seeing cases of mumps even though the patient has been immunizedresponse to penicillin will tell you if its mumps or parotitis. ...Read more

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If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

MMR titer: This has to be specifically ordered. Don't know what you mean be a regular blood test. Generally a tube of blood will be drawn from a vein, the titers ordered and the results should be back fairly repidly depending upon the lab to which they are sent. ...Read more

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5 days ago, swelling right side of face. Took keflex, swelling cont. Back to md. Taking levoflaxin & mumps test. Puffing under eye-swelling over ear.

5 days ago, swelling right side of face.  Took keflex, swelling cont. Back to md. Taking levoflaxin & mumps test. Puffing under eye-swelling over ear.

Need more info: Is the physician who is treating you an ear, nose ; throat specialist? If yes then return to him/her because there is more to be done. If not then consult with one. ...Read more

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What does it mean to test positive for the IgG antibody to rubella virus?

What does it mean to test positive for the IgG antibody to rubella virus?

You Are Immune: Igg is the long term antibody that protects you against bacteria and viruses. If you are IgG positive, you protected from getting a rubella infection. ...Read more

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Why my HBsAG test has a number value of 0.19? I know is negative but what does the number mean? Are those dead virus? Or ramping up to be positive?

Why my HBsAG test has a number value of 0.19? I know is negative but what does the number mean? Are those dead virus? Or ramping up to be positive?

With EIA testing...: EIA = enzyme immunoassay. With EIA, the number isn't a quanity but a ratio, the strength of reaction in the patient's specimen compared with a control reagent. It has to do with the chemistry of the test, not the amount of HBsAg in blood. The identical specimen tested 10 times can give 10 different numbers. Any result below the cut-off is totally negative, indicating zero HBsAg in the blood. ...Read more

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Can you carry HPV virus for over 30yrs? Can you have a negative HPV test 2yrs prior to positive ?If so, does that mean you just became infected?

Can you carry HPV virus for over 30yrs?  Can you have a negative HPV test 2yrs prior to positive ?If so, does that mean you just became infected?

Yes, yes, and yes: Yes, you can have hpv for over 30+ years. Any person who has been sexually active with another person ever in their lifetime likely has been exposed to hpv. This is why there has been a push to get young children vaccinated before they become sexually active. If your hpv test was negative 2 years ago but then became positive, then you likely did get infected with hpv within those 2 years. ...Read more

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My blood test came back positive for three types of coxsackie virus. Does this usually mean past or present infection?

My blood test came back positive for three types of coxsackie virus. Does this usually mean past or present infection?

Coxsackie: Although your description is difficult to interpret it sounds like you have antibodies to coxsackie virus strains and whether or not this is old depends upon whether these are igm or igg antibodies and whether in 14 day repeat specimens the titers are rising or staying the same. It also depends upon whether you are symptomatic in any way. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more