WAYNE – Northeast Nebraska residents are asked to be more hygienic until a recent case of mumps can be cleared up.
According to a release from the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department, a notice was made aware of for parents and guardians of students in schools throughout their district as confirmed cases of mumps have been identified. Counties inside the health district include Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne.
Mumps is highly contagious and it’s important to practice good hygiene habits which will reduce the chance of it spreading. Mumps is a viral illness that causes swelling of glands in the face and neck. Symptoms may include, earache, fever, jaw pain, fatigue, testicular pain and muscle aches.
Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department officials are working with the State of Nebraska Health Department, schools and others in the area to educate people about the symptoms, transmission and prevention of mumps. The group is also wanting to make sure the children are fully vaccinated with the MMR vaccine to help prevent this virus from spreading.
Each year, the number of reported mumps cases can range from a few hundred to a couple thousand in the United States. If you know someone with mumps or suspect someone may have the disease, contact your doctor. Also, all suspected mumps need to be reported to the NNPHD.
The mumps virus is highly contagious and is spread by coughing, sneezing and sharing saliva. Make sure to always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; wash hands frequently; dispose of used tissues and other similar objects appropriately and do not share drinking glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, etc.
People with symptoms can be infectious from three days before symptom onset until five days after symptom onset. Those who are symptomatic should stay home in an area away from others during this time to help limit the spread. Antibiotics are not a treatment option because mumps is a viral infection but it may be helpful to treat the symptoms, such as pain and fever, with over the counter medications.
Those who have had mumps in the past are likely to be immune from the virus. Two doses of MMR, adequately timed, are recommended to provide protection from mumps. If a person has been vaccinated, they are less likely, but still could become infected because over time immunity decreases.
For any questions, visit www.nnphd.org or call 402-375-2200.