Mumps: The causes

Mumps is a highly contagious infectious viral disease. They are caused by mumps virus contamination. It contracts from child to child through infected saliva droplets, directly or indirectly.

The contagiousness of an infected person lasts about fifteen days: one week before the onset of mumps and one week after the appearance of the first symptoms.
The school is very often the place implicated in the mumps contamination. The disease develops 19 days on average after contamination.

If vaccination is very effective in preventing the disease, the lack of vaccination exposes the disease to all ages. And that's where the most important risk of mumps remains. The most to be feared is sterility, which can reach young pubescent men when mumps is manifested by testicular involvement (that is, an orchitis). Unfortunately, the late onset of mumps (especially at puberty) is becoming more common. This is the consequence of the fact that in France, vaccination coverage is only 90% respected. Because of this, eradication of the disease is not yet possible today.

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