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Learn about mumps, who is at risk, and how it spreads.

About mumps

Mumps is a virus that spreads by coughing, sneezing, or having contact with saliva (such as kissing or sharing toys).

You can have no symptoms but still spread mumps. It can cause:

  • a fever
  • a headache
  • swelling of the glands around your jaw
  • swelling of the testicles or ovaries
  • deafness
  • encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
  • meningitis (infection of the fluid and lining that cover the brain and spinal cord)

Learn more about mumps.

Current as of: July 1, 2024
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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