UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – On Wednesday, two separate counties reported suspected mumps cases — bumping the statewide total to 20 cases this year.
A typical year includes roughly 13 or 14 cases, the state health department says. And it is only May.
Utah County reported a male adult having a confirmed case of mumps. The same day, Wasatch County reported a fully-immunized student at Old Mill Elementary has a suspected case of mumps.
“We want to bring awareness to people that there is a way to not spread it,” said Lisa Guerra, RN, epidemiology coordinator with Utah County Health Department.
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Mumps can be spread through saliva or mucus and from touching surfaces touched by an infected person.
“Measles vaccine is also incorporated into the mumps vaccine. ”
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“There are hundreds of cases of measles in the country, and Utah is completely surrounded. Every single state surrounds Utah has cases of measles, so we are hoping to also get the message out for people to get the MMR vaccine, not just to protect them from mumps, but also keep, hopefully, measles out of the state of Utah,” said Guerra.