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A positive case of mumps has been detected in the North Bend/Coos Bay community with a school-age child. Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection that can spread quickly among people in close contact. Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, and swelling of the salivary glands, which can cause pain and discomfort.

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To prevent the spread of mumps, we recommend the following precautions:

  1. Ensure that you and your family are up-to-date on your MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)  vaccination. If you are unsure about your vaccination status, please contact your healthcare provider.
  2. Avoid close contact with individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of illness. 3. If you believe you have begun to develop symptoms please stay home and do not go into work or school and please contact your medical provider for guidance.
  3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Coos Health and Wellness is working with school nurses to quarantine close contacts of high-risk children.

Mumps is generally considered contagious from a few days before the onset of symptoms until five days after the onset of salivary gland swelling. However, in some cases, the virus may be contagious for up to seven days after the onset of symptoms. It is important to note that some people infected with mumps may not show symptoms but can still spread the virus to others.  Therefore, it is recommended to avoid close contact with anyone who may have been infected with the virus until they are no longer contagious.

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We urge all members of the community to take these precautions seriously and to help prevent the spread of mumps. By working together, we can keep our community healthy and safe. CHW will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as needed.