One mumps case reported in Okanogan Co

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Symptoms include swelling of the salivary glands or lymph nodes in the neck, fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue or loss of appetite.

Mumps can occasionally cause inflammation of the testicles, brain, tissues covering the brain and ovaries as well as deafness.

There is a mumps vaccine.

The viral infections are both covered by the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) or measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines.

"During this investigation, (the health department) recommends that UA students, faculty and staff not vaccinated with two doses of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR), immediately receive a second MMR at Student Health Center, their doctor, or health department", the health department said in the announcement.

Dr. Karen Murphy, the secretary of health, says the confirmed mumps cases are troublesome because spring break is approaching and the condition could be spread. "There is a number of different ways that it is spread, one is through contact". Additionally, IU advises that the campus and surrounding community educate themselves about the symptoms, transmission and prevention of mumps. It is as contagious as flu and those infected usually are contagious before symptoms appear and for a few days after, so they can spread the virus without realizing it, according to the announcement. People with mumps can spread the illness for up to two days before and five days after symptoms appear.

"For sports teams, we do try to get the message out repeatedly: use your own water bottle". No one from the Oil Kings has contracted the mumps.

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Mumps is an airborne virus.

A Toronto Public Health spokeswoman said 60 per cent of those cases were not immunized or under-immunized. Generally, mumps is a mild illness, and some people may not have any symptoms.

Wilson explained that even those who get two doses of the vaccine can still sometimes end up with mumps - as seen in 40 per cent of the Toronto cases - as the vaccine is considered about 88 per cent effective at that point.

Again, you should stay away from others if you think you may have mumps.

Why is it important to prevent mumps?

Mumps is a serious contagious disease passed through saliva and respiratory secretions.