WHAT IS IT?
Mumps is a very contagious disease that is caused by the paramyxovirus, a member of the Rubulavirus family. This disease can be spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat. Mumps is no longer as common in the United States but outbreaks continue to occur. Mumps outbreaks have been found to spread among sick individuals with mumps who are in close contact with a lot of people, even if they are vaccinated.