BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Cameron County Health Officials are staying cautious of the mumps virus. So far there have been 25 confirmed cases in the county. It’s not quite an outbreak but the cases this year have been spread out; possibly separate incidents. They say the numbers are high, but not unusual.
Jessy Hernandez, Public Health Preparedness Response Director says, “For 2018 we had 33 for the entire year. It is a little high, but it is expected.
21 of the cases were classified as travel related cases. The remaining four were contracted locally Local 23 was told the patients had no history of vaccination.
Hernandez says, “Our number one message is vaccination. Making sure that all children and adults are up to date with vaccinations, not only for mumps but for everything else.”
The mumps virus is highly contagious. It is an airborne transmission by contact with saliva or sneezing. A patient with the mumps is usually recommended to stay isolated to avoid the risk of contaminating others.
Cameron County has four clinics that provide vaccination and information about the mumps.