Mumps is a viral disease/infection that affects the health of humans and is commonly looked upon as a childhood disease. At least twenty percent of the individuals who are infected with the mumps virus never show any symptoms and it is easy to spread the infection to others without even knowing they are doing it.
This may very well be the case here. On March 18, CBS News and Reuters are advising the public of an outbreak of mumps. Currently there have been 28 cases reported. Those patients include 23 students, one university staff member and four people from the community associated with the university of which, three have been hospitalized.
Mumps affects the parotid glands as well as the salivary glands. When a person contracts the mumps one or both parotid glands can be affected causing swelling. Mumps is a contagious disease that can be spread easily from person to person through contact, respiratory secretions as well as from the saliva from one who is infected. When males are infected this virus can also cause painful testicular swelling as well as a rash.
Symptoms of mumps:
- Dry mouth
- Ear aches
- Hearing loss
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of voice
- Sore face
- Swelling of glands
- Testicular swelling
Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after a person is infected. This incubation period can also stretch from 12-25 days as well. Each individual who contracts the mumps can experience different symptoms and can range from mild, severe or have no symptoms at all.
There is no specific treatment for the mumps. A mumps vaccine or booster is the best method to aid in safeguarding yourself against this contagious disease.
- Avoid acidic beverages
- Avoid acidic foods
- Avoid contact and touching of others as much as possible
- Avoid sharing foods and drinks with others
- Keep surfaces clean
- Patients who have the mumps should be advised of the following:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Wash hands often
Hoping this recent outbreak is short lived and everyone who was infected recovers quickly!
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