Author: Parham Jaberi, MD, Assistant State Health Officer
Some cases of the mumps are beginning to appear in Louisiana. Due to a large outbreak in our neighboring state, Arkansas, we’re following the cases here in Louisiana closely.
The largest area of concern is Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where we have seen at least 20 cases so far. To minimize the spread of this infection, the Louisiana Department of Health has been working closely with LSU to provide more than 400 MMR vaccines to students and faculty.
In addition to making sure you and your family are up-to-date with your vaccines, the Louisiana Department of Health offers these reminders to avoid the spread of infection:
- Do not share drinks, utensils, or food.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean surfaces that are frequently touched (such as toys, doorknobs, tables, counters, etc.) with soap and water or with cleaning wipes regularly.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- If you have symptoms, stay at home for 5 days after symptoms begin; avoid school, work or large group settings.
Symptoms of mumps include:
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides
A person who has the mumps virus may not know they are ill because it can take several weeks after the infection until the symptoms occur. People are most infectious from one or two days before onset of symptoms until five days after they notice inflammation of their salivary glands.
To learn more about mumps visit: https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/