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How is mumps diagnosed?

Because vaccination against the mumps virus has become routine, mumps infection is much rarer than it used to be. Other common illnesses, such as tonsillitis, can cause symptoms similar to those of mumps. If you have not been vaccinated against mumps, you are at risk for infection. A blood test for mumps antibodies can diagnose mumps infection.

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Does mumps affect children differently than adults?
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What do I need to know about caring for someone with mumps?
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What lifestyle changes should I make if I have mumps?
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If you have mumps, take it easy. Rest in bed and stay well-hydrated until your fever has broken....
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What does abdominal pain mean if I have mumps?
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