From Public Health – Seattle & King County
Forty-four King County residents have been diagnosed with mumps (seven confirmed, 37 probable).
Over 60 percent are in children age 17 and younger and 59 percent are up-to-date on their measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination.
Thirty-nine are in Auburn, three are in Kent, one is in Pacific, and one is in Federal Way.
“To reduce the risk of becoming ill, everyone should be sure they are fully vaccinated against mumps with the MMR vaccine,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for King County. “If you or your child develops symptoms of mumps, please see a health care provider, even if you have been vaccinated.”
What is mumps?
Mumps is an illness caused by a virus that can cause fever, headache, and swelling of the cheeks and jaw. Most people recover from mumps in a few weeks. In rare cases, mumps can lead to more serious complications that may require hospitalization, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and deafness. Up to 30% of people with mumps infection will have no symptoms. [Read more…]