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Causes of Mumps & How it Spreads

How Mumps Virus Causes Illness

After entering the body, the paramyxovirus would activate the immune system to fight it. This worsens the symptoms, leading to flu-like signs and the typical swelling of the neck and face. As a neurotrophic virus, it can travel to the central nervous system and affect cognitive functions. If left untreated, the virus might affect other body parts, such as testes and pancreas.  [2]