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The Duration of Mumps Virus Shedding after the Onset of Symptoms

Philip M. Polgreen, Lucas C. Bohnett, Joseph E. Cavanaugh, Stefan B. Gingerich, Lucy E. Desjardin, Meghan L. Harris, M. Patricia Quinlisk and Michael A. Pentella

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 9, pages 1447-1449
Published in print May 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/587104
The Duration of Mumps Virus Shedding after the Onset of Symptoms

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To determine how long people shed virus after the onset of mumps, we used logistic regression modeling to analyze data from the 2006 outbreak of mumps in Iowa. Our model establishes that the probability of mumps virus shedding decreases rapidly after the onset of symptoms. However, we estimate that 8%–15% of patients will still be shedding the virus 5 days after the onset of symptoms and, thus, may still be contagious during this period.

Journal Article.  1867 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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