DAYTON — Dayton Children’s Hospital announced this week that two positive cases for the mumps were reported out of Greene County and cautioned parents who have not had their child vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and booster to do so.
“It is important to note that while our infectious disease experts do believe that these cases are very likely the mumps, the Greene County Combined Health District and the Ohio Department of Health have not yet confirmed the cases,” said Grace Jones, a spokesperson for Dayton Children’s Hospital. “At this time, one case is considered probable and one case is considered suspect.”
Jones, along with officials from the Greene County health board, want to “strongly encourage” families to make sure their children are vaccinated along with proper booster shots.
Mumps is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus that typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Additionally, those symptoms are followed by the swelling of the salivary glands.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps.
Prior to the vaccination program, mumps was a common illness in infants, children and young adults. Since most people have now been vaccinated, mumps has become a rare disease in the United States, according to the CDC.
If someone becomes ill will mumps-like symptoms they should seek medical attention immediately.