What is mumps?
Mumps is a disease caused by the mumps virus. The most obvious symptom is swelling of the parotid gland, which leads to swollen cheeks. In addition, patients often show fever and an inflammation of other body glands. In rare cases, an inflammation of the brain or meninges can occur which can result in irreversible damage to one`s hearing. If the disease occurs after puberty, there is a risk of sterility if inflammation has occured in the sexual organs.