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Mumps: More than just swollen glands - learn more about CDC's Infographic



Make sure your vaccinations are up to date!  A third dose of MMR vaccine may be needed. Watch for symptoms and contact a health care provider if you experience symptoms.

Mumps is a contagious viral illness, characterized by fever, headaches, and swollen salivary glands under the jaw. 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

Latest number of mumps cases* for 2017-18:  391
*includes confirmed and probable cases

Mumps Outbreak Surveillance Data

In the past five years, Alaska received an average of <1 case report per year.  Starting in August 2017, there has been an increase in mumps activity in Anchorage and we are currently experiencing an outbreak in Alaska.  Not all cases are able to be linked epidemiologically; suggesting that transmission in the community is occurring. 

Resources for Healthcare Providers

Report ALL suspected cases to SOE at (907) 269-8000 during business hours or by fax using the Infectious Disease Report Form (907-563-7868, 24-hours a day).
Persons are infectious from 2 days before the onset of parotitis until 5 days after swelling started. Be sure to remind suspect mumps cases to home isolate until they are no longer infectious to others.
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.

Resources for the General Public

Infectious Disease Program Resources