The mumps outbreak that has been sweeping through various regions across Missouri lately has spread to Kansas City, as well, according to health officials. At the moment, health agencies state that at least one case of an individual displaying mumps symptoms has been confirmed, says the Kansas City Health Department. As a consequence, an advisory has been issued on Thursday afternoon, December 22nd.
Rex Archer, head of the Kansas City Health Department urges people who contracted the disease to stay inside, in order to contain the outbreak via an official statement. In his plea, Mr. Archer asks people to take serval days off from either school or work-related duties for at least five days after the first symptoms emerge, such as the inflammation of the salivary glands. Rex Archer also says that individuals who came in contact with infected people could start displaying mumps symptoms anywhere in between 12 to 25 days after exposure to the virus. Ultimately, he recommends people who develop mumps symptoms to address their health care provider as soon as soon as possible.
“Questions to your immunity or vaccination status should be directed to your private physician”, says Rex Archer.
As of now, roughly 200 cases of individuals infected have been confirmed by the University of Missouri in Columbia. In order to contain the outbreak, Kansas City Health Department officials say that they are closely monitoring the progression of the local case. Not only this, but health officials also give out several tips that could prevent other individuals from contracting the disease.
Doctors strongly recommend citizens to thoroughly wash their hands as often as possible, covering their mouths with anything other than their hands when sneezing, like tissues or elbow and avoiding to share spoons, forks, knives, or other eating utensils with infected subjects. Ultimately, the Health Department representatives also believe that one of the best ways for the population to stay mumps-free is by disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, counters, tables, and handles.
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