February 16, 2017 10:45 a.m.
Mumps appears to be making a comeback in parts of the Pacific Northwest and that has health officials concerned.
Douglas County Health Administrator and Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer says while only a small number of cases have been reported in Oregon, over 400 have been reported in Washington State.
Dannenhoffer says that mumps is an infection caused by a virus. The most common symptoms include swollen glands in front of and below the ear, fatigue, a headache, and a low-grade fever. Dannenhoffer says that mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing or through direct contact with the saliva of an infected individual. Symptoms of mumps usually develop sixteen to eighteen days after exposure but may develop from twelve to twenty five days after exposure. Dr. Dannenhoffer says that most people are vaccinated for mumps and the vaccine is about eighty five percent effective. Some people however will still get mumps even with the vaccination.
Information from the Oregon Health Authority says that people should:
*Check their immunization records to make sure they have had two doses of the vaccine.
*Watch for symptoms even if they have been vaccinated.
*Stay home and call your health care provider if you have symptoms of mumps.
For more information contact the Douglas Public Health Network at 440-3571.
Officials with the Roseburg School District say that at this time, no cases of mumps have been reported in its schools.