Mumps case reported in KCMO

December 22, 2016 - 9:31 am
Kansas City, MO - The Kansas City Health Department confirmed today at least one case of mumps in the city. The virus has been moving around Missouri, and has now reached KC.

KMBZ is told the KCMO health department is following developments and any spread, and working with medical providers.

"We need those who are sick to stay home,” said Dr. Rex Archer, MPH, director of health in KCMO. “They should not go to school or work and avoid prolonged, close contact with other people until at least five days after swollen salivary glands start."

Mumps outbreaks can occur, even among populations that have been vaccinated, as has been seen with this year's outbreak in the student body at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

The most common symptoms of mumps include:
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides (parotitis)
Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days after infection. Some people who get mumps either have very mild symptoms or none at all, so they may not even know they have the disease.
To prevent mumps or other illnesses this holiday season, please practice these prevention tips:
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or in the elbow when coughing or sneezing, not the hands
  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid sharing drinks or eating utensils
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, tables, counters
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