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What are the symptoms of mumps?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

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

Other symptoms include: 

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

About one-third of people infected with mumps will show no symptoms and may not even know they have the infection.

Sources & Citations

2. NSW Government. Mumps Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 13 March 2020).

3. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Mumps. Available at: (accessed 13 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0135(1) - Date of preparation April 2020