PROVO – Health officials in Utah County have confirmed that it has contracted mumps, according to a news release from the Utah County Health Department.
Officials did not release further details about the person.
Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease that includes symptoms such as fever, headaches and swelling of the salivary glands, according to the release. Fatigue, officials said.
Symptoms usually appear 16 to 18 days after a person is exposed to the disease, officials said.
The disease spreads through saliva or mucus,
To prevent the disease, people are advised not to share food, drinks or other items that may contain saliva, according to the release. People should wash their hands frequently, cover their nose and mouth with tissue when sneezing or coughing, frequently clean and disinfect common surfaces and get vaccinated with two drops of the MMR vaccine.
People who get mumps should stay home for at least five days after they start experiencing symptoms,
"Mumps can be prevented through vaccination. "Dr. David Flinders, medical director for the Utah County Health Department, said in the release. [IndividualsshouldreviewtheirmedicalrecordsandmakesuretheyareuptodatewithallthevaccinesincludingtwodosesoftheMMRvaccine"1
The MMR vaccine is likely to be headed to Utah soon thus protects against that disease.