How Does Mumps Spread?

    Mumps is primarily spread through infected droplets of saliva.

    Mumps is transmitted primarily through saliva droplets inhaled or picked up from surfaces from an infected person[1].

    The infectious period for mumps is 2 days before the salivary glands swell up, to 5 days after the lumps have disappeared[2].

    1. National Health Service. (2021). 'Mumps Causes'. NHS. 24 September 2021. Available at: <https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mumps/causes/>
    2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). 'Mumps'. CDC. 8 March 2021. Available at: <https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/hcp.html>

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