Mumps Virus Wanted

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Help us catch the sickening scoundrel: MUMPS

Mumps is the name he goes by but his true one Parotitis.

He causes an infectious and contagious disease, a viral illness caused by a Paramyxovirus. He spreads through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva. Even if you breathe in infected saliva droplets, you can come in contact with the dirty heathen. It mainly causes your parotid glands to swell. In special severe cases, it can affect other organs. The virus is most common in children 2 to 12 years of age that have not yet gotten the Mumps vaccine, but you can still catch it at any age. Mumps is commonly found in countries such as Finland and Sweden.

How Mumps Attacks

Mumps attack to your host cell by fusing itself to your cell membrane by using attachment proteins called Hemagglutinin-Neuraminidase Glycoproteins.

An Inside Look

This is the viral structure of the Mumps Virus. It is surrounded by a host-cell derived membrane.

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Viral Structure and Damage

  • The viral structure consist of small and simple particles that are capable of taking over the cells and making them do what they want.
  • The damage caused by this virus is swelling in the cheeks and glands from the infection of the salivary glands.

Prevention and Treatment

  • Mumps can be avoided by vaccinations.
  • The virus is treated by
  1. Getting plenty of rest.
  2. Taking over-the-counter painkillers.
  3. Drinking plenty of fluids.
  4. Applying cold or warm compress to the swollen glands.
  5. Eating foods that don't require much chewing.

2 Cited Sources

"Mumps | Overview." Mumps. Ritten by Editorial Staff, Dec. 2009. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.

"Mumps Cases and Outbreaks." N.p., n.d. Web.