Guam – More than 450 cases of mumps have been reported to the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services since January.
While the number of reported cases has declined since last Spring a release from Public Health says new cases have been reported. The release also notes that two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccines is the best protection against mumps but a small number of people will get mumps even if they have been vaccinated.
Last May DPHSS offered a third dose of MMR vaccine to students in grades 4-8 in seven Guam schools. More than 1,100 children in the schools received the 3rd dose of MMR last May. DPHSS will be distributing a follow-up survey to evaluate the success of the 3rd dose intervention. Parents are asked to return the surveys to school administrators in a timely manner. The results of surveys may help inform national policy makers about administering a 3rd dose of MMR in outbreak settings.
Mumps is a viral illness that can cause fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and painful swelling of the salivary glands under the ears. Mumps can be spread from person-to-person through oral or respiratory secretions.