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DSHS HEALTH ADVISORIES
Mumps – April 4, 2017
DSHS continues to investigate mumps cases related to an outbreak centered in Johnson County. Health officials have identified 186 cases in the outbreak. Most of the people involved are students, and DSHS has been working closely with school districts in the area to limit the spread of the disease.
Mumps is spread through coughing and sneezing and sharing cups and utensils. While vaccination is the best protection against mumps, even people who are vaccinated can become infected. People should also prevent spreading mumps and other illnesses by covering coughs and sneezes, washing their hands frequently with soap and water, and not sharing food and drinks.
Mumps symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles, low fever, tiredness and muscle aches. People usually develop symptoms 14-18 days after being exposed to the virus that causes mumps, but it can be as long as 25 days. People who think they have mumps should contact their health care provider, and anyone suspected of having mumps should stay home while they’re contagious – five days after swollen glands occur.
Texas DSHS Zika Information: www.texaszika.orgwww.texaszika.org
CDC Zika Information: www.cdc.gov/zika
To report a public health emergency:
Call 9-1-1 for all medical or life-threatening emergencies. The public may report public health emergencies to WCCHD Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am - 5pm at 512-943-3660. To report public health emergencies on weekends, after-hours, or holidays call 512-864-8345. The Department of State Health Services mayalso be contacted after-hours at 1-800-252-8239.