The mumps virus doesn’t seem to diminish its effects on American children. On the contrary, health officials have recorded a bigger number of cases than last year. They advise U.S. citizens, especially those that reside in counties near Dallas-Fort-Worth, to protect their families against this mumps outbreak. The measures of protection can include even a second vaccine to kids that have already received this shot.
The number of cases has surged to 48 in Johnson County, and most of them were recorded within school campuses from Keene and Cleburne. There are 15 other cases that share the symptoms of mumps virus. However, they are still waiting for the confirmation of their health condition. These numbers are enough to trouble the authorities. The state hasn’t developed more than 20 cases of infections a year since 2011. As for nationwide, the mumps virus have caused 4,000 cases till this moment.
Moreover, there are more such cases expected in the following weeks. The virus has a period of incubation of 16 to 18 days, so there can appear even more such cases. Usually, it passes a week before patients show signs of mumps disease. This feature makes it even more difficult for authorities to control the outbreak in schools. Mumps can infect anyone without revealing its infection. Thus, patients can spread the virus further to healthy students for an entire week.
Out of the infected citizens, almost two-thirds of them from Johnson County have received the vaccination. Given the fact that the shot is 88% effective, authorities have enough reasons to urge people to get a second vaccine.
The officials believe that the virus hit Keene through students from Arkansans. Five youngsters visited their relatives a month ago and transported the virus back to their education institutions. From there, mumps spread over the city, infecting even ten adults.
Now that the winter break is coming, families should keep their eyes on the first signs of symptoms. Usually, the presence of mumps virus is signaled by fever, muscle pain, fatigue, and headache. These symptoms are usually visible enough to notice with the naked eye.
For the moment, several schools are keeping kids students with mumps symptoms out of school. This is just a vigilant measure to gain control over the situation and contain the virus as much as possible. Children are safe to receive their second vaccine, as long as 28 days have passed since their first shot.
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