Mumps Cases on the Rise

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Measles, mumps, and rubella are diseases many of us haven’t put too much thought into since our grade school vaccinations.

It turns out there’s been an uptick in mumps across the country and here in North Dakota over the last two years. In 2015, there was only one case reported of mumps. In 2016 there’s been about 10 cases reported, and even more than that were probable or suspect cases. They same trend has followed for this year.

Lexie Barber; North Dakota Department of Health Immunization Surveillance Coordinator: “Just general not feeling well, fever. But the most recognizable is the swelling of the salivary glands. So you’d have a swollen neck and jaw…” 

The health department says if you think you are showing any symptoms, to contact your primary care physician immediately.
It also takes 5 days for the disease to no longer be contagious, and to make sure to stay home after talking with your doctor.

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