Public Health Reports Confirmed Cases of Mumps

Posted on May 17, 2017

 

Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo Public Health department is reporting two cases of mumps in Randall County.

“Texas is experiencing an outbreak, similar to the national trend at a 25 year high, due to declining vaccination rates,” says Casie Stoughton, Director of Public Health.

Mumps is a virus that is best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes, as a result of swollen glands in the mouth. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite

Some people with mumps have mild cases or no symptoms at all; however, more serious complications can occur.  Occasionally, mumps can cause meningitis, deafness, or swelling in the testicles and ovaries. Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva from the mouth, nose, and throat of an infected person. Coughing, sneezing, and sharing cups and eating utensils are ways to pass along the virus.

If you suspect you have mumps:

  • Contact your healthcare provider.
  • Stay home for 5 days after symptoms begin.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands frequently!

The Public Health department urges everyone to be fully vaccinated.

“Vaccines are the strongest protection against mumps and other vaccine-preventable diseases,” says Dr. Scott Milton, Public Health Authority. “It is important to protect our community with strong vaccination rates.”

Vaccines can be obtained through your healthcare provider, local pharmacy, or through the City of Amarillo Public Health department.

For additional information, please contact Casie Stoughton 378-6320.

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