The state has seen 221 cases of mumps this year, the most since it had 234 cases in 1994, according to the release.
Multiple outbreaks have been reported around the state including one that involves possible exposures on South Padre Island, which is a popular spring break destination. Several states, including Texas, has reported positive mumps cases in individuals who traveled to South Padre Island over the middle of March.
Midwestern states have experienced the highest numbers of cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Both adults and children should make sure they are up to date on their mumps vaccinations". Symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, low fever, tiredness and muscle aches.
The mumps virus is spreading through Texas as a growing number of people are coming down with it.
Texas health authorities are trying to combat a record-breaking outbreak of mumps that has swept through the state. The parotid gland situated near the jaw starts swelling, causing big discomfort and the swelling radiates down from the ear to the jaw. "For example in 2016, there were approximately 5,748 cases reported to CDC, and in 2012, there were 229".
Texas is just the latest state to be hit with a large mumps outbreak.
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Mumps is highly contagious and is spread through coughing and sneezing and sharing cups and utensils.
"The reason it is on the health department's radar is because this is a vaccine preventable disease". In case of greater exposed population, it is recommended to apply third booster dose just as Cedar Hill has offered a third booster dose, which is exactly as they have offered at Cedar Hill.
Under the current guidelines, children must take two doses of the MMR-II at the age of 12 to 15 months and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age.
The Health Department says although it is unlikely, people who have had the vaccine can still catch the disease. And, their suggestions include having a minimum of two doses of the MMR vaccine. However, some vaccinated people still get sick if they're exposed to the virus, so it's also important for people to help stop the spread of mumps by covering coughs and sneezes, washing their hands frequently with soap and water, and not sharing food and drinks.
Schaffner said college students are at particularly at risk since they live and go to school in close proximity to others.