Mumps Outbreak Getting Bigger in Spokane County
There have been 151 cases of the mumps confirmed in Washington state, and of those, Spokane county is seeing a rise. Last week there were only nine cases, and this week there are 24 confirmed or probable cases. According to the Spokesman-Review 17 of the 24 people who contracted the mumps WERE immunized. Even with vaccinations it's possible to contract the disease. The good news is that mumps is spread through respiratory droplets, which means you're not likely to catch it at work or on most public spaces. But places like dorms, or within your family where you in close contact with people, you're more likely to get infected.
The Benton County Health District has issued caution on their page and reminds people of where to get vaccines. They encourage hand washing, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick to prevent the spread of the disease here.