Report within 24 hours of Diagnosis to the Local Health Department.
Mumps is an illness caused by a virus and causes swelling of one or more of the parotid salivary glands located within the cheek near the jaw line and below the ears. Anyone who has not already had mumps or has not received the mumps vaccine can get the disease. The disease in adults causes more complications and more than half of the deaths due to mumps happen among people over 19 years of age. The illness spreads from person to person through talking, coughing or sneezing. Symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swelling of the parotid salivary glands. There is no cure for mumps, but it can be prevented with a vaccine.