Mumps Outbreak

April 15, 2014

According to the CDC recently there has been over 200 cases of mumps reported in Ohio.  We urge you to get at least two doses of the MMR Vaccine (Measels-Mumps-Rubella),  to prevent your risks of contracting mumps if you have not done so already.

Mumps are spread through droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. This usually occurs when the person coughs, sneezes, or talks.  The virus can be spread through contaminated items such as cups and soda cans.  Symptoms include fever, body aches, headaches and swelling of the salivary glands under the ears and jaw.  Among males, mumps can lead to orchitis, which is a testicular inflammation that causes pain, swelling, nausea, vomiting and fever.  Among some women, inflammation of the ovaries or breast can occur.  If you experience these symptoms, please contact your doctor immediately.  If you become infected with mumps, the CDC recommends that you stay home for five (5) days after symptoms begin.  Cover your mouth and nose with a mask and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

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