On Wednesday, the Utah County Health Department confirmed a case of mumps in an unvaccinated adult.

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A statement issued by the UCHD said,

“Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, headache and swelling of the salivary glands. Other symptoms associated with mumps include low-grade fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and loss of appetite. Complications can include redness and swelling of the testicles in males, inflammation of the brain or membrane covering the spinal cord, inflammation of the ovaries in females, loss of pregnancy, and permanent hearing loss.”1

Although mumps can be spread through mucus and saliva left on objects touched by an infected person, it does not linger in the air and it is not a disease, as quoted above. It is a virus. 

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According to the UCHD, you can take the following precautions so as to reduce your risk of contracting mumps:1

  • Do not share food, drinks, water bottles, utensils or other personal items that may contain saliva.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands before eating or before touching your mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that may be contaminated with germs. Clean and disinfect communal surfaces frequently.

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There is no treatment for mumps and anyone with symptoms are encouraged to contact their health care provider for evaluation. And if you do contract it, stay home and rest for five days after onset of symptoms and limit contact with others in your household.

 

SOURCE:

  1. KSL TV