Mumps Expanding Across Region;One Case at Nova
New numbers show the mumps outbreak in King County has now spread to 108 cases, including one new case in a Seattle public school.Also, a story from KUOW.
The Public Health Department of Seattle & King County has confirmed a student who attends Nova High School has been diagnosed with mumps.
Health officials say 35 mumps cases are confirmed in King County and 73 cases are probable.
How is mumps spread?
A person with mumps can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing, or talking. It can also be spread by sharing cups or eating utensils, and by touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.
Who is at risk of getting mumps?
- Infants who are too young to receive mumps vaccine
- Children over one year of age who have not received at least one dose of MMR
- Adults born after 1957 who have not been vaccinated or have not previously had mumps disease