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Facts about mumps:
- Mumps is spread through contact with the saliva of someone who is infected with the mumps virus.
- Mumps is highly contagious to those who have not been vaccinated.
- About 18 days pass between exposure and the development of symptoms.
- Mumps is most contagious when the parotid gland is swollen.
- The contagious period ends about 9 days after swelling starts.
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PubMed Mumps References
- Atkins GJ, Cosby SL. Is an improved measles-mumps-rubella vaccine necessary or feasible? Crit Rev Immunol. 2003;23(4):323-38. 
- Galazka AM, Robertson SE, Kraigher A. Mumps and mumps vaccine: a global review. Bull World Health Organ. 1999;77(1):3-14. 
- Pugh RN, Akinosi B, Pooransingh S, Kumar J, Grant S, Livesley E, Linnane J, Ramaiah S. An outbreak of mumps in the metropolitan area of Walsall, UK. Int J Infect Dis. 2002 Dec;6(4):283-7. 
- Wilson K, Mills E, Ross C, McGowan J, Jadad A. Association of autistic spectrum disorder and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine: a systematic review of current epidemiological evidence. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003 Jul;157(7):628-34.