More mumps cases reported in Iowa

The Associated press reports that more mumps cases have been confirmed in Iowa this week.
On May 19, the Iowa Department of Public Health report confirmed three more cases of mumps in northwestern Iowa, according to The Associated Press. Two cases were reported in Sioux County and one case was reported in Plymouth County, according to the report.
The three cases reported this week bring the tally of mumps cases reported in Iowa this May up to 11, according to The Associated Press. All 11 confirmed cases of mumps have been found in the same northwestern section of the state.
The Iowa Department of Public Health is recommending that Iowans get two doses of the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine, The Associated Press reports.
Health department medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk told The Associated Press that residents need to become aware of mumps symptoms to help contain the virus.
Mumps symptoms can include fever, fatigue, achiness and swollen salivary glands.

Mumps is a viral infection that was common into the 1960s, when a mumps vaccine decimated the disease and dramatically reduced the number of cases reported. Mumps outbreaks can still occur in the United States, according to the Mayo Clinic, if the virus is spread in an unvaccinated population.