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What increases my risk for mumps?

Mumps typically spreads through an infected person's saliva. Someone who has mumps can spread the virus by coughing or sneezing. You can catch mumps by eating or drinking after an infected person. Kissing, sharing toothbrushes, and other activities that lead to direct contact with saliva increase your risk of contracting mumps.

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