Although complications are rare, mumps can cause:
The mumps virus is spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva. An infected person can transmit mumps to others from three (3) days before symptoms appear to about nine (9) days after symptoms appear. The incubation time (period from exposure to virus to the onset of symptoms) varies from two to three weeks.
Diagnosis is made by a health care provider who may order lab testing to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment consists of rest, fluids and over-the-counter pain relievers. This disease can be prevented through the administration of two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. Additional information on the MMR vaccine is available at the Centers for Disease Control website.