There has been an increase in Mumps disease in Kansas and the Mid-West.
Mumps is a viral disease associated with fever, swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands.
The virus is found in the nose, mouth, and throat, and is sprayed into the air when the person sneezes, coughs, or talks. Touching a tissue or sharing a cup by someone with mumps can also spread the virus. People with mumps are contagious from 7 days before until 9 days after their glands swell. Symptoms usually appear 2-3 weeks after a person is exposed.
There is a vaccine to help prevent mumps. This is the MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. The first immunization is given at 12-15 months old and again before entering kindergarten. Anyone with mumps should stay home to help prevent the spread of the disease. GOOD handwashing is another way to help people from getting mumps.
Any question, call the Sumner Co. Health Dept. at 620-326-2774.