PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Health officials in Marion County are investigating an outbreak of mumps.
Since October 3, a total of 12 mumps cases have been reported, according to the Marion County Health Department.
Laboratory tests within the last 2 weeks confirmed four of those reported cases were indeed mumps. The age range of affected individuals is one year of age to age 40, officials said.
The disease is caused by a virus and spread via coughs and sneezes. Symptoms include headache, fever, tiredness, aches and swelling under the jaws and ears.
“The best way you can prevent mumps is to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine,” says Dr. Karen Landers, Marion County health officer.
People exposed to mumps should watch for signs of the illness in the next 25 days and speak with their doctor if symptoms of the disease develop.
Anyone diagnosed with it should stay at home for 5 days after the start of swelling. People infected with mumps should avoid school, work and public places.