Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mumps do spread

Some mothers do not know but yes, mumps does spread easily. I remember on my little girl’s 2nd birthday a little girl arrived with mumps, so I ask the mother politely to leave the party with her child as there are many children at the party that could get the said virus from her daughter. Her daughter no longer have the fever, but the swollen jaw is still visible so I think it is still not safe for her to be with other children.

Anyway is some information about mumps, I learned some of this from the nurse who gave my little girl the MMR shots and some from the National health services website.

Mumps is an airborne virus which can lead to fever, headache, and painful, swollen glands in the face, neck and jaws. It can result in permanent deafness, viral meningitis (swelling of the lining of the brain) and encephalitis. Rarely this can also cause painful swelling of the testicles in males and the ovaries in females. This said virus usually last about 7 to 10 days.

Now how does this virus spread?
Mumps is an airborne virus and can be spread by:
• an infected person coughing or sneezing and releasing tiny droplets of contaminated saliva, which can then be breathed in by another person
• an infected person touching their nose or mouth, then transferring the virus onto an object, such as a door handle, or work surface; if someone else then touches the object shortly afterwards, they can transfer the virus into their respiratory tract
• sharing utensils, such as cups, cutlery or plates with an infected person

So if you think you or your child is infected with mumps, do see a doctor, so you’ll be given the proper treatment.

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