MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC - Mecklenburg County Health Department officials have reported a confirmed case of mumps in the County.
Officials say this case is related to the confirmed case in Iredell County. Mecklenburg and Iredell County Health Departments are working together to quickly identify and investigate individuals who demonstrate symptoms that resemble those caused by mumps.
Mumps outbreaks can happen even in highly vaccinated populations. Annually the number of reported mumps cases can range from a few hundred to a couple thousand in the United States.
Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks.
Items used by an infected person, such as cups or soft drink cans, can also be contaminated with the virus, which may spread to others if those items are shared.
Most mumps transmissions likely occur before the salivary glands begin to swell and within five days after the swelling begins.
Anyone who demonstrates mumps symptoms including fever, headache, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, muscle ache, pain or discomfort, and tenderness and/or swelling of the glands below the ears should contact their physician.
There is no treatment for mumps (antibiotics are not effective against a virus), but some medications can help relieve symptoms. The best defense is to get vaccinated and practice good hygiene habits like regularly washing your hands with soap and water, sneezing and coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid sharing when you or someone else is eating or drinking.
There are two vaccines that prevent mumps - MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and MMRV (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Chicken Pox also known as Varicella) vaccines.
For more information about mumps visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website here.