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Numbers of Mumps Cases Increase

Friday - Jun 12, 2015

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have identified 23 cases of mumps in a local outbreak. Mumps is a contagious, vaccine-preventable, acute viral illness that is spread through droplets of saliva or through mucus of an infected person.

According to IDPH, symptoms of mumps usually appear 14 days to 18 days after infection. They usually include fever, headache, tiredness, muscle aches, loss of appetite and swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands, usually the parotid gland (located just below the front of the ear at the angle of the jaw). In mild cases, the swelling may only last for three to four days, but can last up to a week or more. Approximately one-third of infected people do not exhibit symptoms. There is no specific treatment for mumps, but there are treatments that can help relieve some symptoms. Persons with symptoms of mumps should contact their primary care physician. Persons that become very ill should seek medical attention.

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