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   Parotitis due to Mumps 

Mumps is a contagious viral illness, characterized by fever, headaches, and swollen salivary glands under the jaw (pictured). Meningitis, encephalitis, permanent hearing loss, and other serious complications can also occur.

An effective vaccine is available for mumps, and has led to mumps being considered uncommon in the United States, with an average of fewer than 500 cases reported annually. In spite of this, cases and outbreaks of mumps continue to occur in the United States, and providers should remain vigilant.

Alaska Surveillance Data

In the past five years, Alaska received an average of <1 case report per year. In July 2016, two cases were diagnosed in the Fairbanks area.   Most recently in August 2017, several cases were diagnosed in Anchorage.

In 2015-17, mumps outbreaks have been reported in several other states including Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Washington. 

Resources for the General Public


Parotitis and Flu

While not a common symptom of flu, swelling of the salivary glands (parotitis) has been reported in persons with laboratory-confirmed influenza infections.  To learn more, see 2016-2017 Influenza Update for Health Care Providers:  Parotitis and Influenza


Resources for Healthcare Providers

Mumps disease is a public health reportable condition in Alaska. Reports must be made within 5 working days after being suspected or diagnosed. Please call the Alaska Section of Epidemiology at 907-269-8000.

​Infectious Disease Program Resources