United States: More cases of mumps cluster have been reported in Hunterdon County. The outbreak was suspected among eight family members who had traveled abroad. This information is per the New Jersey Department of Health investigation press release report.

The officials have not released additional personal information about those infected.

Mumps cases in the US

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported about 50 cases of mumps in 20 states this year.

Dr. Kaitlan Baston, the acting health commissioner, said, “The best way to keep you and your loved ones safe is to get the MMR shot,” as Fox News reported.

Furthermore, “These viruses are incredibly contagious, so if you suspect you may have measles, mumps or rubella, it is important to call ahead before visiting any health care provider or facility so they can take special precautions,” she stated.

Know more about Mumps

According to Fox News, mumps are contagious diseases that originate from viruses. It spreads through direct contact via breathing droplets as it contains infected saliva, kissing, or sharing food or drinks with infected people.

Also, direct transmission happens when the respiratory droplets enter the other person’s nose, mouth, or throat when the infected show symptoms such as talking, coughing or sneezing, according to the CDC.

Dr. Mike Smith, Chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, inscribed: “Mumps is an infection initially causing swollen glands at neck and head to make saliva — most of the salivary glands that are very large called the parotid glands and located just in front of ear,” as Fox News pertaining to the topic.

What are the symptoms of mumps?

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A person with the mumps is contagious at least one day before the parotid gland enlarges and could also be contagious up to five days after the swelling subsides, according to CDC.

While some may not have any symptoms, whilst others may have general and vague infections feeling from 12 to 25 days after infection.

Conventional symptoms are listed above, such as fever, headache, muscle soreness, weakness, and decreased appetite.

Most patients spontaneously recover within two weeks only. In exceptional cases, swelling usually occurs, particularly in adults, in different parts of the body.


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