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Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mumps (Definition)

Mumps is a viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (esp. Parotid 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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What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

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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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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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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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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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