Local health officials have confirmed that five cases out of 18 under investigation were mumps.
The confirmation was made following one or more lab tests.
Mumps is a contagious virus that causes fever, muscle aches, headache, loss of appetite, and swelling of the salivary glands, which can include the jaw and neck area. Other glands can swell or become tender, most notably adult males may experience swollen or tender testicles. Complications or other presentations are rare and usually mild, said Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Director Eduardo “Eddie” Olivarez in a press release.
13 of the suspected cases are linked by someone having had contact with someone who had the disease.
Hidalgo County officials said that area physicians and health care workers have been alerted to test for mumps in patients showing symptoms.
Officials also said that people who are vaccinated for mumps may still contract the mumps but will have milder symptoms.
If you suspect you have the mumps, you’re asked to contact your physician. If you haven’t been vaccinated, officials suggest that you get vaccinated.
“If you are unsure of your vaccination status, please see your physician for evaluation,” said Olivarez.