Basic Summary for Mumps


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Main name of condition: Mumps
Other names or spellings: epidemic parotiditis


What is Mumps?
  Brief description of Mumps: Once common viral infection now rare due to vaccination.
  Parent types of Mumps: Viral diseases, Vaccine-preventable diseases
  Organs Affected by Mumps: parotid glands
How many people get Mumps?
  Incidence (annual) of Mumps: 387 annual cases notified in USA 1999 (MMWR 1999); rare due to MMR vaccination
  Incidence Rate of Mumps: approx 1 in 702,842 or 0.00% or 387 people in USA [about data]
Who gets Mumps?
  Patient Profile for Mumps: Typically age 5-15 but older possible
How serious is Mumps?
  Complications of Mumps: see complications of Mumps
What causes Mumps?
  Class of Condition for Mumps: viral
  Risk factors for Mumps: see risk factors for Mumps
What are the symptoms of Mumps?
  Incubation period for Mumps: 2-3 weeks
  Duration of Mumps: Usually less than a week; fever down in 2-3 days with some further recovery time.
  Symptoms of Mumps: see symptoms of Mumps
Can anyone else get Mumps?
  Contagion of Mumps: Highly contagious
  More information: see contagiousness of Mumps
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Mumps: see treatments for Mumps
  Prevention of Mumps: see prevention of Mumps
Society issues for Mumps
  Hospitalization statistics for Mumps: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Mumps:
  • 0.0008% (102) of hospital consultant episodes were for mumps in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 94% of hospital consultant episodes for mumps required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 62% of hospital consultant episodes for mumps were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 38% of hospital consultant episodes for mumps were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for mumps required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4.7 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mumps in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mumps in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 19 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mumps in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 55% of hospital consultant episodes for mumps occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4% of hospital consultant episodes for mumps occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mumps were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0007% (375) of hospital bed days were for mumps in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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