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Health officials investigating mumps outbreak in Marion Co.

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The Marion County Health Department is investigating to see if they are facing an outbreak after a dozen suspected cases of the mumps being reported since October.

According to county officials, laboratory tests confirmed the diagnosis in four of the cases so far, with patients ranging from 1 to 40 years old.

The virus-induced disease can be spread easily by coughs or sneezes. Patients will suffer from fever, headaches, muscle aches tiredness and swelling that appears under the ears or jaws.

Officials also warn that people can become infected and spread the virus for two days before showing symptoms themselves, and it could take two weeks to begin to show signs of the illness after being exposed.

Health officials say that anyone exposed should watch for signs of illness for at least 25 days and contact a health care provider if symptoms begin to appear. They also warn that anyone with the disease should stay home for five days after the swelling appears and should not be in public places like schools, work sites or social activities.

Marion County Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers said the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is the best way to prevent the disease.

The county has set up a phone line for anyone with questions about the possible outbreak where they can speak with the Marion County Health Department Communicable Disease nurse at 503-588-5621.

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