Mumps

Background

Mumps is a highly contagious disease caused by mumps virus. It is generally considered as a mild childhood disease, mostly affect children between five to nine years old. However, adults can also infect mumps and the complications are more likely to be serious. The complications may include meningitis, orchitis, deafness, encephalitis and permanent neurological damage. There are around 3500 cases reported in the U.S, even though with the mumps vaccination program.

Symptoms

The common symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Rarely, patients will also experience severe complications as mentioned above.

Transmission

Mumps virus can be spread by either direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplet when infected person coughs and sneezes.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for HFMD. Only supportive treatment used to relieve the symptoms are available.

Infection control

Vaccine is available for mumps. The mumps vaccine is often incorporated with rubella and measles vaccines.

CDC has recommended the following steps to prevent catching or spreading mumps virus;

  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoiding sharing objects that might have saliva on them, like water bottles or cups.
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, tables, counters.

Measles virus is an enveloped virus and they can be inactivated by 70% ethanol. Hisept has a range of products, including hand sanitizers, antiseptic solution, surface and instrument disinfectants that can effectively inactivate virus, including measles viruses. The virucidal activity of these products have been proved by EN 14476 tests.

Reference 

https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html

 

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