Our expert says:
Mumps is caused by a virus and is spread with droplets (coughing, sneezing).
It starts with fever, headache and loss of appetite, then you get swelling and pain in the salivary glands on the corner of the jaw above the jaw line, the pain is worse with eating sour or sweet foods. If the virus infects the testis in men, it can cause painful infection of the testis (orchitis) and in a low number of patients cause infertility.
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