Mumps reported in Winneshiek County

Released: 02/12/16

Winneshiek County Public Health has reported that individuals in Winneshiek County have been diagnosed with mumps. Mumps can be a serious disease if one has not had the recommended two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, according to Nancy Sacquitne, RN, BSN with Winneshiek County Public Health.

Symptoms of mumps include: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and swollen salivary glands under the jaw. Mumps is spread by saliva or mucus droplets from an infected person to others by coughing, sneezing or talking. Items used by an infected person, such as cups or soft drink cans, can also be contaminated with the virus, which may spread to others if those items are shared. In addition, the virus may spread when someone with mumps touches items or surfaces without washing their hands and someone else then touches the same surface and rubs their mouth or nose.

“If you are unsure whether you have had two doses of MMR vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. If you believe you have symptoms of the mumps, contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is appropriate so you can avoid exposing others in the waiting rooms,” said Sacquitne. The Iowa Department of Public Health does not recommend persons receive a third dose of MMR vaccine.

“We are pleased to work together with health care providers in the area to spread the word on prevention and care for mumps,” says Maggie Busta, RN, infection preventionist at Winneshiek Medical Center. “We want to remind you that one of the simplest, most effective ways of preventing the spread of disease is proper hand washing – either with soap and water or with hand sanitizers.” Visit the Centers For Disease Control website to learn more about proper hand washing.  http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/. To learn more about the mumps, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mumps/basics/definition/con-20019914

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