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2 possible mumps cases in Ashtabula

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ASHTABULA, OH (WOIO) -

The Ashtabula County Health Department issued a warning to the parents of children at Buckeye Local Schools, that two Kingsville Elementary School students are suspected to have contracted the mumps. 

The two cases have not been diagnosed as mumps yet, but the Health Department confirms they have similar symptoms. 

Mumps is a virus that causes painful swelling in the salivary glands, a low-grade fever, and headaches. 

The swelling is typically in the gland near the back of the cheek by the ear, or back angle of the jaw. However, some cases have little to no swelling. 

Mumps is spread through coughing and sneezing-direct contact with saliva of an infected person-and takes 12-15 days to develop after exposure. 

Most people will recover easily from mumps without any complications, but in rare cases there are complications like inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, miscarriage, sterility, or deafness. 

A MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is recommended between 12-15 months, then again between 4-5 years old. 

Adults born before 1957 likely had mumps and are therefore immune. 

Remember, vaccines will not work if your child was already exposed to the mumps. A vaccine given before exposure should protect your child but doesn't guarantee 100 percent immunity. 

If you have any questions, you can contact the Ashtabula County Health Department at (440) 576-3023. 

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