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Mumps virus
TEM micrograph of the mumps virus.
Virus classification
Group: Group V ((-)ssRNA)
Order: Mononegavirales
Family: Paramyxoviridae
Genus: Rubulavirus
Type species
Mumps virus

Mumps virus is the negative-sense RNA virus that causes the disease mumps and is passed along from person to person by aerosol respiratory droplets. The disease is characterized by grossly enlarged and modestly tender parotid glands. Parotid stimulation causes pain in the gland and ear. Mumps is generally a benign disease in the vast majority of cases but occasionally complicated by meningoencephalitis, pancreatitis, orchitis, or deafness.

It is a member of the Paramyxoviridae family of the genus Rubulavirus.

An example of a wild type is 88-1961.[1]

References

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