What is mumps?
Mumps is an infection caused by a virus.
How is mumps spread?
The mumps virus is spread between people through saliva and respiratory droplets in the air formed when coughing or sneezing. Sharing eating utensils, water bottles and drinks or kissing increases the risk of spreading the virus.
What are the symptoms of mumps?
- Swelling of the cheeks, jawline and neck
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches
How do I prevent mumps?
- Ensure you have received 2 doses of mumps containing vaccine
- Don't share drinks or eating utensils
- Wash your hands often
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
Other Resources and Information:
Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
Mumps Information Sheet
CDC Infographic Mumps Testing
Mumps Vaccine Information
Manitoba Mumps Information
US Mumps Cases and Outbreak Information
Information for Health Care Providers