Officials at the Central District Health Department have confirmed two college-aged individuals with the mumps. CDHD says the latest cases, which now total 16, are tied to a recent mumps outbreak at the University of Idaho.
"Although no vaccine is perfect, receiving two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against becoming ill,” said Sarah Correll, Staff Epidemiologist with the Central District Health Department.
Mumps can be spread through a sneeze, cough or direct contact with saliva. Symptoms, which can include swelling behind the ear, fever, body aches, headaches and decreased appetite, generally appear 16 to 18 days after exposure.
CDHD provide vaccines, including the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine to children. The first dose of the MMR vaccine is recommended for children are 12- to 15-months old, followed by a second dose when they are 4-to 6-years old.