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Viral Infections in Childhood: Mumps

Description

Mumps : An acute infectious disease caused by RUBULAVIRUS, spread by direct contact, airborne droplet nuclei, fomites contaminated by infectious saliva, and perhaps urine, and usually seen in children under the age of 15, although adults may also be affected. (From Dorland, 28th ed) [1]

Mumps Virus : The type species of RUBULAVIRUS that causes an acute infectious disease in humans, affecting mainly children. Transmission occurs by droplet infection. [1]

Mumps Vaccine : A live attenuated virus vaccine of chick embryo origin, used for routine immunization of children and for immunization of adolescents and adults who have not had mumps or been immunized with live mumps vaccine. Children are usually immunized with measles-mumps-rubella combinatiom vaccine. (From Dorland, 28th ed) [1]

[1] MeSH 2001 © National Library of Medicine


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