By Meredith Li-Vollmer
Public Health Insider Blog
Public Health – Seattle & King County
The number of mumps cases continues to rise across the state of Washington, including at the University of Washington. As of March 8, 2017, the UW has reported 12 cases of mumps. Statewide there have been more than 550 cases.
All of the cases to-date are students who are associated with several sororities and fraternities. The UW notified the campus community about the first case on February 17.
With the rising number of cases around the state and at UW, there’s greater possibility that anyone could be exposed to mumps while out and about in the community.
That’s why it’s important for everyone to know the signs and symptoms of mumps, and to take steps to reduce the risk of becoming infected. Even if you are vaccinated, you can still get mumps so all people should be diligent about symptoms and stay home if ill.
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