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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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