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Health Alert – Mumps Outbreak

Mumps alert from the Arizona Health Alert Network
We need to report a health alert – mumps outbreak in Arizona. Recently, four cases of the Mumps have been confirmed by the Arizona Health Alert Network. Nationally, there has been a dramatic increase in reported mumps, with four states reporting recent outbreaks. There were 5,700 cases in 2016, and already 2,000 in 2017.

Mump Symptoms

Mumps can cause pain, tenderness, and swelling of one or both parotid salivary glands as well as other complications including:

  • Orchitis
  • Oophoritis
  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis
  • Deafness

The Mumps Virus

Mumps is a viral illness caused by a paramyxovirus, a member of the Rubulavirus family. The average incubation period for mumps is 16 to 18 days, with a range of 12 to 25 days.

Doctors are instructed to report suspect mumps cases to the local health department as well as collect specimens for testing, including:

  • Buccal swab
  • Urine
  • Serum

What to Do if You Suspect the Mumps

If you feel you might show symptoms for the Mumps, go to your health provider or come to West Valley Urgent Care. It’s important that patients are fully vaccinated against mumps.

For more information on mumps, visit https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/hcp.html

We offer three urgent care locations to serve you.  Walk in or call ahead for a priority appointment.