Two Cases of Mumps Found in Local High School

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched an investigation into several reported cases of mumps on the Penn State University Park campus.

Since nearly a decade ago, mumps cases started to rise at alarming rates.

The warning came after exposure to the virus was discovered through the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers.

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TPH said those who have symptoms or who have been in contact with someone who has mumps to contact their doctor and inform them before going to their office so they can prepare and protect other patients.

Symptoms of mumps include swelling and tenderness of one or both salivary glands, usually the parotid glands located just below the front of the ear/jaw; fever; headache; muscle aches; tiredness; and loss of appetite.

"As per our regular operational procedures, OPH is contacting these individuals and providing them with information about mumps", Ottawa Public Health spokesman Eric Leclair said in an email.

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While Canada was considering booster vaccination in young adults for Mumps the US federal officials were looking into the benefits of a third dose.

The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is highly effective in preventing mumps.

What vaccination should I get? "People should also wash hands, cover coughs, clean surfaces, and stay home when ill", ADPH Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers said.

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There have been several large mumps outbreaks in recent years in the US, prompting officials to consider recommending a third vaccine to prevent the disease. For children, the recommended age for the first dose of MMR is 12-15 months. While the vaccine does not always prevent disease, people who have received two doses of the MMR are nine times less likely to get mumps than unvaccinated people with the same exposure. It is important to call your healthcare provider if you suspect mumps. Because of this surge, federal health officials are now weighing the option of administering a third dose of the MMR vaccine.