HEALTH ALERT: Mumps cases reported in Onondaga County

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - The Onondaga County Health Department has reported five cases of mumps in Onondaga County over the past few days.

According to department officials, one case was at West Genesee High School and four cases were reported at Syracuse University. All of the students were vaccinated.

The OCHD says that the mumps vaccine is roughly 88 to 90 percent effective.

All cases are still under investigation, and parents and students of these two institutions will receive notifications from health department.

Mumps is a serious contagious disease passed through saliva and respiratory secretions.

Symptoms include: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or along the jawline on one or both sides. Health officials say an ill person can transmit the disease for five days after the onset of swollen salivary glands. There is no specific treatment.

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