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Mumps outbreak confirmed at Mead Schools

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed seven students in the Mead School District have mumps. Spokane public schools confirmed eight cases and three unconfirmed.

The health district said there are a total of 24 cases in Spokane County. Majority of the patients being treated are under the age of 20 years old. The health district reports at least 17 of the patients were fully vaccinated.

Health officials said a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps. Although the risk of acquiring mumps to Spokane's general population is low, you're urged to get vaccinated.

In children, mumps is usually a mild disease. Adults may have more serious disease and more complications.
Mumps is spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat. The virus can be spread by:

      - Coughing, sneezing, or talking.
      - Sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others. 
      - Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

The infectious period of mumps is three days before, to five days after, the onset of the most common symptom of mumps, which is swelling/pain of the cheeks and jaw.

Officials from the health district encourage anyone who experience mumps symptoms to seek medical care from their healthcare provider.