Mumps is a viral illness that causes fever and swollen salivary glands. Serious and potentially lethal complications include inflammation of the brain or heart muscle. It is spread from person to person through cough or sneeze droplets and is as contagious as influenza. One in three infected people do not display any symptoms but are still highly contagious.
Immunisation is the best way to prevent mumps and its associated potential complications. It is typically delivered through a combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. There is currently no specific medical treatment available to people who have contracted mumps.
Requirements for students
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences students undertaking placement are required to have immunity to mumps. Australian serology indicating immunity to mumps must be submitted via Sonia.