The Maricopa County Public Health Department says that the community is facing the first mumps outbreak in decades, KNXV-TV reports.
“This is the first community-wide mumps outbreak that Maricopa County has seen in decades and serves as a reminder of why it’s so important to get vaccinated for diseases that we can prevent,” Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for disease control at Maricopa County Department of Public Health said.
According to the health department’s statement, mumps is a highly contagious virus that spreads through saliva, mucus from the mouth, nose or throat.
A person with the virus can spread the disease by the following ways:
- Food and drinks
- Eating utensils
- Lip gloss
- Or kissing another person
Symptoms of the mumps include:
- Face swelling, tender salivary glands
- Low-grade fever
- Muscle ache
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen testicles and ovaries