North Carolina health officials report 7 cases of mumps


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) –The North Carolina Division of Public Health is encouraging North Carolinians to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccines after seven mumps cases were identified in North Carolina residents in April.

A news release from the division on Thursday said the seven cases were found in Orange, Wake and Watauga counties. College and elementary school students are among those affected.

Mumps is a viral illness known to cause swelling of the salivary glands below the ears and above the jaws. Infection is spread by droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of an infected person.

A person with confirmed or suspected mumps should stay home from work or school and limit close contact with others for five days after the salivary glands swell, or until mumps is ruled out.

“The most effective way to prevent mumps is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Zack Moore, North Carolina State Epidemiologist. “Anyone who thinks they might have mumps should contact their physician and have appropriate laboratory testing.”

The division said while it’s possible for people who have been vaccinated to get mumps, the risk is higher in those who are not.

 

 

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