Mumps confirmed in Shelby County

    COUNTY – Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan has reported a laboratory-confirmed case of Mumps in Shelby County last week.
    The most common symptoms of Mumps are fever, headache, and swollen glands under the jaw.  Other symptoms can include tiredness, muscle aches, and loss of appetite.  Mumps is an infectious viral disease that is spread by sneezing, coughing, or other saliva contact.  After exposure it usually takes 12-25 days for symptoms to appear.
    Officials said if a child is exhibiting Mumps-like symptoms, consult with a primary care provider.  Children with Mumps-like symptoms should stay home and not go back to school for at least five days from symptom onset or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.
    Primary prevention for Mumps is a two-dose series of MMR vaccine.  Iowa children are vaccinated against the Mumps at one year old, and require a second dose before they enter school.
    A high percentage of school-aged children have received two MMR vaccines in Shelby County, health officials said.
    Questions should be directed to Shelby County Public Health at 712-755-4422.



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