Field of Science

Naming a viral disease around the world

OK so I need a little help.

I am a final year PhD student studying the molecular biology of mumps virus. As part of my final written thesis I would like to include an historical aside to mumps virus and the disease. In particular I would like to know how different societies have named the same set of characteristic symptoms: swollen salivary glands and testis. (Of course there are others, such as meningitis and many infections are asymptotic but lets not be confusing.)

For this I need diverse and global input from as many people as possible. So if you have a name in mind, add it to this spreadsheet.

I have filled it in with a couple of known names to me.

Mumps - characteristic unilateral salivary gland swelling. What do you know this as?


  1. That spreadsheet is in view only mode.

  2. thanks for this - fixed it now. New link is:


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