Daily Health Tips: Could My Child Have Contacted Mumps From My Neighbour’s Son?


Q: Good day Doc. How are you and your family? Please, my 17 months old daughter has mumps. I just saw it this morning. She’s been going for her immunizations. The next one is when she’s 18 month old, that’s by December. My neighbor’s son had it about 3 weeks back, so I’m wondering if that’s where she caught it from him because they are friends and always play together. Please what do I do??? Thanks.

A: Mumps is a viral disease caused by the mumps virus and is contagious. It is most contagious two days before the onset of symptoms and 6 days after the symptoms disappear. It can be spread through droplets like when an infected person sneezes, coughs or even through sharing cups etc.
The infection manifests as swelling of the parotid (salivary) gland on one or both sides of the face (between the jaw and the…

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