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Mumps outbreak in northwest Iowa


SIOUX COUNTY (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health and their public health partners in northwest Iowa are investigating a small outbreak of eight mumps cases in Sioux County.

Below is a list of places in northwest Iowa where it has been confirmed people were exposed to mumps:

· April 12 through May 5, 2010 – Dordt College (Sioux Center)
· April 22, 2010 - Spirit Lake vs. Hull-Western Christian soccer game (Hull)
· April 23, 2010 – Hull-Western Christian Prom
· April 24, 2010 – Student dance at Dugout/Events Center (Granville)
· April 25, 2010 – Covenant Christian Reformed Church worship service (Sioux Center)
· April 25, 2010 – Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church worship service (Sheldon)
· April 26, 2010 – Hull-Western Christian School
· April 27, 2010 – Sweet 16 Lanes (Le Mars) – evening hours
· April 27, 2010 – Sibley Ocheyden School
· April 29, 2010 – Tofer's Bar (Sioux Center) – evening hours
· April 29, 2010 – Root beer kegger at South View Apartments (Sioux Center)
· May 2, 2010 - Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church worship services (Sheldon)
· May 3, 2010 – Hull-Western Christian vs. Spencer soccer game (Spencer)

Mumps is highly contagious and is typically preventable through vaccination.

Testing for this mumps outbreak is being done at the University Hygienic Laboratory in Oakdale.

The IDPH recommends that all Iowans, especially those who may have been exposed to mumps at the following locations, should make sure they received two doses of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella).  

The IDPH points out that getting the mumps vaccine after you have been exposed may not stop you from getting mumps.  

Mumps is spread through the air and by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks.

It can be spread by sharing drinks or cups.

The virus can also spread when someone with mumps touches something without washing their hands and someone else touches the same surface and rubs their mouth or nose.

If you are exposed to mumps, it could take 12 to 25 days to get sick.

 Below is a list of mumps symptoms:

· Fever
· Headache
· Muscle aches
· Tiredness
· Loss of appetite
· Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face

If you develop these symptoms, stay home. Don't go to work or school until five days after symptoms have started, or until symptoms go away, whichever is later.

You should also call your doctor before seeking medical care so you don't expose others to mumps in the waiting room.

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