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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

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