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Small child, having mumps, sores in mouth, throat. On antibiotics. Transferable disease?

Hi, We had friends over last night. The little girl that came over had sores in her mouth and down her throat . She has been on antibiotics for the treatment of that. This little girl and my 2 and a half year old daughter kissed each other good bye last night. This morning I found out that this little girl woke up with mumps this morning. Will my daughter get the mumps? I also have a 6 month old baby boy, do you think he will get the mumps too?
Asked On : Thu, 6 Sep 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response

Yes you are right that mumps is an infective condition.
Mumps is highly contagious and has a rapid spread among members living in close quarters.
The virus most commonly is spread directly from one person to another via respiratory droplets.
Less frequently, the respiratory droplets may land on fomites (sheets, pillows, clothing) and then be transmitted via hand-to-mouth contact after touching such items.
The incubation period from exposure to the virus and onset of symptoms is approximately 14-18 days.
So all you can do now is to wait and watch.

If your child develops any fever of pain or swelling, I would advise you to visit a dermatologist for proper assessment and treatment.

Hope it helps
Best wishes for a speedy recovery
Dr Geetika Paul
MD (Dermatology)
Answered: Fri, 22 Nov 2013
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