Is mumps serious?

Most people who contract the virus that causes mumps recover without lasting ill effects. However, mumps has the potential to cause serious, even life-threatening, complications. Complications of mumps include pancreatitis, encephalitis, meningitis, inflammation of the testicles or ovaries, hearing loss and possibly miscarriage. These complications are rare, but you should still seek medical attention if you contract mumps. If you develop any of the complications of mumps, medical treatment may help you recover from them.

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