56 mumps cases being reported in Kansas

Mar 12, 2017

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56 cases of mumps have been reported in Kansas, prompting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to urge Kansans to take precautions. 

As The Wichita Eagle reports, 56 mumps cases have been reported in Kansas since March 4.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the cases were reported in Atchison, Barton, Crawford, Douglas, Ellis, Finney, Franklin, Johnson, Marshall, Riley, Rooks and Thomas Counties.

Many people with mumps reported attending wrestling tournaments in Kansas, have associations to the University of Kansas or Kansas State University, or traveled to other states that are currently experiencing mumps outbreaks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, mumps is best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes but it is also accompanied by some or all of the following symptoms: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and swollen or tender salivary glands under one or both ears.