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Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection. Immunization against mumps has been routine for several decades, so the disease is very rare today.
Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus (paramyxovirus). It is characterized by a generalized feeling of malaise, and often associated with a painful enlargement of the salivary glands. Although it may occur at any age, mumps is usually seen in children 5 to 15 years of age. A mumps vaccine is part of the basic immunization schedule of preschoolers. In Canada, the vaccine is only available as a combined vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. Adequate immunization is probably the best available protection against this illness.
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