New mumps cases confirmed in Monroe County

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (March 15, 2016) – Five new mumps cases have been reported in Monroe County outside of the Indiana University campus.

Mumps cases were first identified among members of the IU campus in Bloomington back in February. The mumps outbreak has continued to spread and now includes the greater Monroe County area.

Penny Caudill, administrator of the Monroe County Health Department, says they are continuing to work with the university and the hospital to control the outbreak.

To date, no links have been confirmed among cases, suggesting the mumps virus may be expanding in the community.  “It is important to check your vaccination records and confirm that you and your children have received the recommended doses of vaccine,” said Caudill.

As of Friday, March 11, 14 cases have been confirmed.

Anyone who develops mumps symptoms — even if they have received MMR vaccine — should stay home and immediately call their healthcare provider. Please do not arrive at your provider’s office, an urgent care clinic, or the emergency room without calling first if you have symptoms.

Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection but can range from 12 to 25 days. Treatment for mumps is geared toward alleviating symptoms. Bed rest, a soft diet and a pain reliever for aches are often recommended.

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