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Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands. It can cause swelling of the salivary glands, leading to puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw. However, about one third of infected people do not show any symptoms. The virus is spread through saliva and droplets from the nose and throat.

Colorado Update:

There have been recent cases of confirmed mumps in Colorado.  Although outbreaks of mumps are relatively rare, the following information may be useful. 

Symptoms to watch for:

  • Pain with chewing
  • Swelling and pain close to the jaw
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • High fever
  • Loss of appetite

Prevention tips:

  • The best way to prevent mumps is to get the recommended doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Most people receive the vaccine at a very young age.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Cover coughs and sneezes and don’t share utensils, water bottles, lip balm, etc.
  • If you have not previously been vaccinated for the mumps, contact Medical Services to receive your vaccination. 

Contact a medical provider if:

  • You have any of the above symptoms
  • You are experiencing abdominal pain
  • You have a severe headache or a high fever
  • You have pain or swelling of the testicles

If you are experiencing symptoms of mumps, you can schedule an appointment with Medical Services. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 303-492-5432 or online through MyCUHealth.

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If you experience symptoms after hours, contact the 24/7 nurse hotline at 303-492-5101.