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Washington Mumps Outbreak: 300 Cases Around Spokane, Seattle

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The Washington State Department of Health announced 278 confirmed and probable cases of mumps since October. (Screengrab)

By    |   Friday, 27 Jan 2017 08:59 AM

A Washington state mumps outbreak has affected nearly 300 people in five counties, including Spokane and King counties.

The Washington State Department of Health announced Wednesday 278 confirmed and probable cases of mumps since October in King County, where Seattle is location, along with Spokane, Pierce, Snohomish, and Yakima counties, CNN reported.

The health department has found 160 confirmed or probable cases in King and another 80 in Spokane. Pierce has 34 cases, Snohomish three, and one in Yakima, the health department said in a news release.

"Mumps has spread and health officials urge immunization," the health department said in the release. "The Washington State Department of Health reminds people across the state to take precautions to help stop the spread of mumps.

"It's especially important for you to take precautions during winter holiday social gatherings. Avoid kissing, hugging and other close contact with anyone who is suspected of having mumps. If you have been exposed to mumps and feel ill, stay home to help prevent the spread of the disease and contact your healthcare provider," the statement continued.

KREM-TV reported Thursday that four school districts in the state told students who are not vaccinated for mumps to stay home. The television station said the 15 schools in the Spokane Public Schools were involved in that order for unvaccinated students.

Officials told KREM-TV that symptoms take 16 to 18 days to show after a person is exposed to the virus. They added that as many as 30 percent of people will show no symptoms while others will experience fever, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite and swelling/pain of the cheeks and jaw.

Health officials told KREM-TV that severe complications may include swelling of brain and tissue covering of the brain and spinal cord, deafness and swelling of testicles or ovaries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that mumps cases were confirmed in 46 states and the District of Columbia last year, totaling 5,311 infections. Eight states reported more than 100 cases in 2016: Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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