Five Cases Of Mumps Confirmed At Indiana University

Reported mumps cases in Canada

Alberta Health Services said officials are investigating a number of potential cases of mumps in the Edmonton-area, in addition to cases in other parts of the province and the country.

The mumps virus is found in saliva and respiratory droplets, and is spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and coming into contact with a person's saliva by sharing drinks or utensils, or by kissing.

Until there is a confirmed case, school health professionals will continue their standard practices of promote good health, according to Mary Ann Shorman, head nurse for the district.

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You might be wondering how someone gets the mumps.

Justin McDaniel, a Penn State spokesperson, said there have been four cases confirmed by lab test and 15 more students are suspected to have the disease. "Students who have been diagnosed with mumps or are experiencing symptoms of the virus should check with PSU Health Services before returning to the State College campus". The vaccine is part of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox) vaccines.

McGeer said there was nothing overly worrisome about the recent mumps and measles cases but noted that they served as a reminder of the importance of immunization efforts. During a mumps outbreak, people identified as a contact of a suspected, probable or confirmed case of mumps who do not have proof of vaccination will be excluded from campus for 26 days after the last possible date of exposure.

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According to the CDC, symptoms for the mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. Mumps is most likely spread one or two days before and five days after symptoms start.

"There is no treatment for mumps but there is prevention", the announcement read.

If you think you have been exposed to mumps, contact your healthcare provider for advice.

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Dr. Sarah Wilson, a medical epidemiologist with Public Health Ontario, said individuals in the age range now more susceptible to mumps may also be more at risk due to their behaviour traits.

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