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Mumps Cases Are The Highest They’ve Been In 10 Years

New government data shows that mumps cases are higher in the US than they have been in a decade.

“Mumps is a highly contagious disease that’s caused by a virus that is spread through saliva and mucus. It used to cause up to 186,000 cases a year, but the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine — better known as the MMR vaccine — brought numbers down, the CDC says. The CDC recommends that children get two doses of the MMR vaccine, but notes that it’s not 100 percent effective.”

“People who contract mumps typically develop puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw due to swollen salivary glands, but they also may have a fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Symptoms usually appear up to 18 days after a person is infected, and most people recover completely in a few weeks, the CDC reports.”

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