Published: Mon, March 13, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Kansas health officials looks to prevent the spread of mumps

Kansas health officials looks to prevent the spread of mumps

People with mumps can spread the disease before the salivary glands begin to swell and up to five days after the swelling begins.

With four confirmed cases of mumps at Barrington schools and 35 probable or suspect cases in the area, the Lake County Health Department announced Friday that it plans to team with Barrington School District 220 to conduct a vaccination clinic for staff, faculty and students affiliated with Barrington High School to take place early next week.

Lisa Dallmeyer, a communicable disease specialist for the Lake County Health Department, told the Lake Zurich Courier there are eight additional probable cases of mumps at Barrington High.

Of the 31 cases, seven were fully immunized (have received two doses of mumps containing vaccine) and 24 received either one dose, no doses or unknown doses of the mumps containing vaccine.

According to the report by KING-TV, a dozen or so students from the University of Washington were said to have been diagnosed with the ailment.

The health department offers the two routine MMR vaccines to children at one year old and upon entering kindergarten.

You should also stay home if you end up contracting the illness, isolating yourself from others.

According to an email sent by the Office of Emergency Management, mumps is a mild disease but has the ability to spread quickly.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has reported several cases of mumps throughout the U.S since the beginning of 2017.

There is no current treatment or cure for mumps, and rare but possible complications include deafness and inflammation of the ovaries or testicles.

Numerous 2017 cases are from outbreaks continuing from 2016, when 5,311 cases were reported to CDC, marking the highest number of mumps cases in a decade, Ian Branam, a spokesman for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, said in an email.

Students can minimize their risk by practicing good hand-washing techniques, covering their nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing and not eating from unwashed utensils. "Cases commonly occur in places where people have had prolonged, close contact with a person who has mumps, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team, or living in the same dormitory". Therefore the best way to reduce your chance of getting the disease is by being vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.

The mumps vaccine is about 88 percent effective when a person gets two doses.

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