After advising residents of a mumps outbreak last week, Hidalgo County officials have confirmed five more cases of the contagious virus.
Local health authorities reported that five of 18 cases under investigation have been confirmed as mumps by one or more laboratory tests, according to a county news release sent out Friday.
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, the release states. Other glands can swell or become tender, and adult males may experience swollen or tender testicles.
Complications or other presentations are rare and usually mild, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Director Eduardo “Eddie” Olivarez said.
Thirteen of the suspected cases are epidemiologically linked, which is defined as having had contact with one or more persons who have or had the disease.
The news comes after the city of Mission called an emergency meeting Thursday, April 4, to address an outbreak of mumps that was linked to a local gym-later confirmed to have been the Mission TruFit locations. Both gyms closed for the weekend to be sanitized and reopened the following Monday.
Area physicians and health care workers have also been alerted to test for mumps in patients showing symptoms, the release states. Complications or other presentations are rare and usually mild.
People who are vaccinated may still contract the mumps but will have milder symptoms the release states. If you suspect you have the mumps, you are encouraged to be tested by your physician, said Olivarez.
People who are not vaccinated should get the vaccine.
“If you are unsure of your vaccination status, please see your physician for evaluation,” said Olivarez.