Mumps is an infection of the parotid glands. These glands are located on the side of the face, near the ear. Because of the mumps vaccine , this condition is not as common as it once was in the United States.

Swollen Parotid Gland
Swollen Parotid Gland
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The virus is usually spread through contact with an infected person's saliva. The mumps virus spreads easily among people in close contact.