Decorah, Iowa – The Winneshiek County Public Health Nurse Department has confirmed some recent cases of mumps in Winneshiek County.
A Winneshiek County public health nurse said symptons include swelling under the jaw upward toward the ear which can be very painful.
According to a Mayo Clinic website, mumps can be spread by infected salivia. Mumps can also be spread by sharing utensils or cups with someone who has mumps.
Two doses of the MMR shots (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine are highly recommended.
The Winneshiek County Public Health Department is urging the public to get tested for the mumps if symptoms such as jaw swelling and pain along with fever, headache, tiredness and lack of appetite are being experienced.