Kansas City health officials have reported on a confirmed mumps case and is offering advice to the public on what to look for and prevention. Mumps has been reported throughout Missouri with the most publicized cases being reported in the University of Missouri outbreak , which has struck 265 during the fall semester.

Kansas City health department Image/KCMO Facebook page
Kansas City health department
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“We need those who are sick to stay home,” said Dr. Rex Archer, MPH, director of health. “They should not go to school or work and avoid prolonged, close contact with other people until at least five days after swollen salivary glands start. If you have been around someone who got mumps, watch for symptoms to develop 12 to 25 days after the last time you were around that person and contact your medical provider (prior to being seen) and local health department if symptoms develop. Questions on immunity or vaccination status should be directed to your private physician.”

The most common symptoms of mumps include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides (parotitis)

Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days after infection. Some people who get mumps either have very mild symptoms or none at all, so they may not even know they have the disease.

To prevent mumps or other illnesses this holiday season, please practice these prevention tips:

  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or in the elbow when coughing or sneezing, not the hands
  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid sharing drinks or eating utensils
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, tables, counters