HOLDREGE — Two Rivers Public Health Department said a probable case of mumps has been identified within its district.

Two Rivers said the person is an adult male who had received only one dose of the mumps vaccine several years ago. Two Rivers recommends people review their vaccine history to see if they are protected against mumps.

Mumps is spread from person to person via droplets, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus also can spread indirectly when someone with mumps touches a surface and someone else touches that surface, then touches their nose or mouth without washing their hands.

Two Rivers Surveillance Coordinator Marsha Carlson said, “Mumps usually begins with mild symptoms such as a headache, loss of appetite, and low-grade fever 12-25 days after contact with the virus, but the most well-known sign of mumps may begin next with swollen glands below the ears.”

In children, mumps is usually mild, while in adults, mumps may have serious complications.

The first dose of MMR for protection against mumps, measles, and rubella is given at 12 to 15 months, while the second dose is usually given at 4 to 6 years before a child enters kindergarten. For more information, contact Two Rivers at 308-995-4778 or visit www.trphd.org.

Two Rivers covers Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney and Phelps counties.

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