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Mumps and Measles Activity

The Utah Department of Health just released this bulletin:

Mumps Case Confirmed in Utah 

A case of mumps has been confirmed in a Utah resident. The infectious period was 02/04/17 – 02/11/17. The case was has been voluntarily isolated since 02/06/17. Several events have been identified during the infectious period where people who are susceptible to mumps may have been exposed. 

Public health is conducting outbreak control efforts; assessing the immunization status of exposed close contacts and providing MMR vaccine to individuals found to be susceptible. Susceptible contacts will be asked to participate in voluntary quarantine until 03/04/17 (26 days after parotitis onset). Providers should watch for signs and symptoms of mumps, and report suspected cases to their local health department. 

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a paramyxovirus. It spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by: 

• coughing, sneezing, or talking 

• sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others, and 

• touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others. 

The most common symptoms include: 

• fever 

• headache 

• muscle aches 

• tiredness 

Measles Activity in Utah 

The second case of measles has been confirmed in a Utah resident. The second case is linked to the first measles case that reported international travel. Public health is continuing efforts to identify any susceptible exposed contacts and other possible measles cases through ongoing investigations. Individuals found to be susceptible will be asked to participate in voluntary quarantine for 21 days after the date of their exposure, or for 28 days if they received IG. To date, over 200 exposures related to this outbreak have been identified. 

So, if you have not been immunized, please get immunized; and, if you have these symptoms, please come to be seen as soon as possible. If you have been immunized, you should be protected and not have to worry.  Please make sure your immunizations are up to date.  

Thanks for letting us take care of you.

Haley Pledger, PA
Women’s Care
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Family Medicine
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Family Medicine
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