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What are the symptoms of mumps?

The most distinctive sign of mumps is swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands. The salivary glands that are most commonly affected are the two parotid glands, located in the sides of the face. This appears in about half of all mumps infections. One or both of the glands may be affected. Other symptoms of mumps resemble symptoms of flu, which include mild fevers, headache, muscle ache, lack of appetite and feeling tired.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Measles


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