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For Immediate Release
May 20, 2016

Contact Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313, or kathie.osterman@nebraska.gov@nebraska.gov

Terra Uhing, Three Rivers Health Department, 402-727-5396, terra@3phd.org

 
DHHS Reports Mumps Cases

Lincoln— The Department of Health and Human Services today announced reports of 10 cases of mumps among college-aged young adults enrolled at Midland University in Fremont.

The Three Rivers Public Health Department received the initial reports and is working with DHHS to investigate these cases.
A health advisory was sent to health care providers in Nebraska asking them to be on the lookout for cases of mumps and to contact their local health department about suspected cases. 

Mumps is a viral illness that causes swelling of glands in the face and neck.  Symptoms may include:

     • Ear ache
     • Jaw pain
     • Testicular pain
     • Fever
     • Fatigue
     • Muscle aches 

Antibiotics are not a treatment option because mumps is a viral infection; however, the symptoms like pain and fever can be addressed. 

The mumps virus is highly contagious and is spread by coughing, sneezing and sharing saliva.  People with mumps are most contagious for the three days before and five days after their symptoms begin.  To prevent the spread of mumps:

     • Always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
     • Wash hands frequently
     • Dispose of used tissues and other similar objects appropriately
     • Do not share glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, etc.
     • Do not share glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, etc.

People who have had mumps are likely to be immune from the virus.  If a person has been vaccinated, it is less likely, but possible to be become infected because over time immunity wanes.  Those who have not been vaccinated should consider taking that step by contacting their physician, local health department or local pharmacy.  Women who are pregnant and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of complications. 

DHHS and Three Rivers Public Health Department recommend anyone with symptoms to refrain from public activities and should be seen by a physician so treatment and precautions can be taken. 
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