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Mumps outbreak detected in Oklahoma

(Source CDC) (Source CDC)

TULSA, OK (KSWO)- A Tulsa health department is investigating after several patients were diagnosed with mumps. The Tulsa County Health Department announced that officials are investigating five confirmed cases of the mumps.

Mumps is a virus that is spread by coughing, sneezing, and direct contact with saliva from eating or drinking after an infected person. Symptoms include swelling on one or both sides of the face, tenderness of the salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area, slight fever, headache, general aches and muscle pain.

Those symptoms usually appear 16 to 18 days after the infection and individuals can begin spreading the virus two days before showing symptoms. Experts say patients will usually recover on their own but some cases can lead to serious complications.

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