What causes mumps in children?

Mumps is a disease caused by a virus.

  • It may cause the glands in the neck area, in front of the ears, to swell. These glands are called the parotid glands.
  • It can affect the glands on one or both sides of the neck.
  • Rarely, other glands under the tongue, under the jaw or in the chest may also be involved.
  • Mumps usually lasts about 10 to 12 days, but swelling may last for another week.

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