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  • Mumps is a viral illness that causes fever and swollen salivary glands.
  • Mumps is uncommon in developed countries, including Australia, due to the widespread use of mumps vaccines.
  • Mumps protection is available in combined vaccines that also contain protection against other serious and potentially fatal diseases.
  • Mumps is contagious, so if you are caring for someone with mumps, make sure you practise strict hygiene. For example, wash your hands frequently, particularly before handling, preparing or eating food.

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Reviewed on: 08-11-2018