Mumps causes symptoms including fever, headache, fatigue and swollen glands, particularly around the face and neck. Complications are rare but can include deafness and meningitis.
Close contact can spread the illness and affected people are contagious up to seven days before and nine days after they begin to have symptoms; it can take two to three weeks for symptoms to appear.
There is no specific treatment for mumps, but vaccination can prevent infection.
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