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New Jersey Department of Health Investigates Suspected Mumps Cases

New Jersey Department of Health Investigates Suspected Mumps Cases

United States: The New Jersey Department of Health, abbreviated as NJDOH, has been investigating eight suspected cases of mumps across the state. According to the health experts, the cases have been seen in one family in Hunterdon County and are related to international traveling.

The Department of Health has been jointly working with the local health department to analysis all the suspected cases. The concerns regarding the cases of mumps have emerged after the one case of measles was reported in the states in 2024.

The Health Department has declined to share further information about the infected persons.

With an increase in the cases and possibility of an outbreak, the NJDOH has appealed the general public to closely monitor the symptoms of the highly contagious viruses. Along with this, the officials have also asked the public to receive the latest shot of MMR vaccine, which offers protection against measles, mumps and rubella.

The official news release by the health department has mentioned that the MMR vaccine is very effective to avoid these illnesses.

“Children are recommended to receive two doses of MMR, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR shot,” the release by the department mentioned.

 Comments by health experts!

Acting Health Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health – Dr Kaitlan Baston, stated, “As a physician and as a mom, I understand what it is like to try to keep your kids and your family healthy. The best way to keep you and your loved ones safe is to get the MMR shot. If you or your family have not gotten the shot, now is the time.”

Baston was further quoted saying, “These viruses are incredibly contagious, so if you suspect you may have measles, mumps, or rubella, it is important to call ahead before visiting any health care provider or facility so they can take special precautions.”

Recommendations shared by the NJDOH –

The New Jersey Department of Health has appealed the general public to be aware of the symptoms of the illness. It has further asked to contact the health care provider before reaching at the health clinics so that proper precautions can be followed.

The Department shared recommendations and suggestions for all three infections – Mumps, Measles, and Rubella, which are as follows:

Measles:

According to the reports shared by the health department, the common signs and symptoms of the disease are high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery or red eyes, and then rashes start to appear within three to five days of other symptoms.

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It is to be noted that the symptoms starts appearing in about one to two weeks of exposure. The infection caused by measles is mild but in severe cases, the infection could led to neurologic and brain complications.

Mumps:

The starting symptoms of mumps are fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite and eventually the infected person experiences a swelling of the salivary glands or puffy checks.

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The health department has underlined that the disease could be dangerous as swollen glands could also cause swelling in the brain, testicles, ovaries, or breast tissue, causing complications like brain inflammation, infertility (later in life), and/or deafness.

Rubella:

The symptoms of rubella are the same as measles. But the infection could become dangerous for pregnant people – causing problems like birth defects, miscarriage, or death of babies.

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