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Mumps moves across the country

April 3, 2006

Albany - Dr. Bruce Smith says he typically sees about two cases of mumps a year. Symptoms are fever, headache, and muscle aches. Mumps can lead to serious complications, including meningitis.

Dr. Smith says the best way to avoid the mumps is to get an immunization, but even that doesn't always work. He says, "They get a mumps shot when they're one year or so, the MMR, mumps, measles, rubella. That has the mumps in it, but it's the weakest of the three, so about 15% of kids are not protected."

Health officials believe the mumps strain that is spreading may have been brought over from Europe. About 250 people in Iowa have been diagnosed with the virus.