Mumps cases up in Sangamon and Morgan Counties

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The  number of people sick with mumps is up in both Sangamon and Morgan Counties.

 

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health is reporting an increase in the number of mumps cases, primarily in adults, ages 25 years to 53 years of age.  Currently 12 cases of mumps have been reported in Sangamon County in the last 30 days and there is some commonality amongst these cases. 

 

Morgan County reports 40 cases of mumps. The total is more than the Statewide total of 2013, which was 25.

Mumps is primarily spread by direct contact with respiratory droplets, persons may prevent contracting mumps with a few simple actions:

  • cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue away after use;
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  If water is not near, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner;
  • do not share eating and/or drinking utensils;
  • refrain from close contact with individuals who are sick/experiencing symptoms; and
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 
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