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What are the symptoms of mumps?

Page last updated 02 July 2018

The most noticeable symptom of mumps is the swelling of the (parotid) glands, which are found in the cheeks and just below the ears. 

Other symptoms include:  

  • fever
  • fatigue 
  • headache
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • swelling of the face & gland 
  • painful chewing or swallowing

In about 33% of people infected with mumps will show no symptoms and may not even know they have the infection.

Sources & Citations

  1. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. 4.11 Mumps. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  2. NSW Government. Department of Health. Mumps Fact Sheet. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  3. Victorian Government. Better Health Channel. Mumps. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  4. Centers for Disease Control. Signs and Symptoms of Mumps. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0135a - Date of preparation May 2018