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January 27, 2017

What You Need To Know About Mumps

Although there are currently no confirmed cases of mumps in the Tri-Cities, local health officials are asking families to take precautions to prevent the spread of mumps after numerous cases have been diagnosed around the state.

Mumps is spread by the coughing and sneezing of someone infected with the virus, and they can spread it before they show symptoms. The most noticeable symptom of mumps is a swelling of the cheek, jaw or neck though fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite also occur. Symptoms last for seven to 10 days and can cause serious health complications.

According to the Benton Franklin Health District, the best protection against mumps is being vaccinated, which is typically administered as the MMR shot (measles, mumps and rubella) to children when they are infants and then again between the ages of 4 and 6 to provide lifelong immunity. If you don’t think you or your children have been vaccinated, contact your healthcare provider or the Benton Franklin Health District at (509) 460-4200 to have a blood test.

If you have been exposed to mumps or have already become ill, contact your healthcare provider to be evaluated. Avoid spreading the virus by staying away from others, washing hands and covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

Washington Department of Health - Mumps