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May 1, 2017

Two additional mumps cases confirmed in Skagit County

As of May 1, 2017, two new cases of mumps have been identified in Skagit County. Since January 2017, Skagit County Public Health has identified sixteen cases of mumps locally, including five students in the Mount Vernon School District and one student in the Sedro-Woolley School District. No cases have been identified in any other Skagit County school districts.

Mumps is caused by a virus and is easily transmitted person to person.  The most important step to prevent getting mumps is to get fully vaccinated. Skagit County Public Health recommends you talk with your healthcare provider in order to get your Mumps Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Regardless of your vaccination status against mumps, if you experience mumps symptoms (including swelling below the ear or jaw, fever, muscle aches, hearing loss, or loss of appetite), please contact your healthcare provider. Inform them if you have been exposed to mumps. Stay home, and keep away from other people and public settings until you have been evaluated by a healthcare provider.

Mumps is an extremely contagious infection caused by a virus. The virus is found in saliva, and is spread through respiratory droplets (e.g. sneezing and coughing) when people are within three feet of each other. Mumps can also be spread through sharing items such as beverage containers, eating utensils, and phones.

People who have not had two MMR vaccinations are nine times more likely to contract the illness than those who have received the vaccine.

Skagit County Public Health is working closely with local healthcare partners to monitor and respond to confirmed cases of mumps. The most effective weapon against mumps is vaccination.

If you have any further questions, please contact Skagit County Public Health at 360-416-1500.

Please note: There is no age limit for vaccination. If you have not been vaccinated against mumps, we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider. The vaccine is available at many healthcare providers’ offices and pharmacies.