What is mumps?

Also known as: the mumps, parotitis.

Mumps is a viral infection that affects the parotid glands. The parotid glands produce saliva and are located in the lower part of the face. It typically occurs in children and young adults but has been well controlled thanks to vaccinations to protect children from the illness.

Reviewed by: Otto M Ramos, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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