More mumps suspected in Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) There is one confirmed case, one probable case and five suspected cases of mumps in Juneau, the state's epidemiologist said.

    The suspected cases are of those with symptoms of the mumps and samples are being tested at a laboratory.

    Dr. Amanda Tiffany said the virus probably spread through travel as the Juneau confirmed case was of a person who recently traveled to Anchorage.

    The number of cases in the state have also grown, "We really want people to be aware of the situation and also be aware of the fact that there have been over 200 mumps cases in Alaska since the outbreak began.  Alaskans are very mobile and they travel a lot.  The fact that mumps are going around is something to be aware of."

    to protect yourself the Health Department encourages residents to get a third dose of vaccine.  Dr. Tiffany said over time the immunizations taken as a child fade, with protection rates only reaching a maximum of 83 percent, and decreasing as time goes by.






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