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NC mumps outbreak leads to vaccination plea

Health officials urge people to get mumps vaccine after outbreak near Raleigh. (File photo)

People are on high alert after a mumps outbreak in the Triangle. Orange County health officials have identified three confirmed cases of mumps over the last two months..

The ages of those infected haven't been released or whether they're in a concentrated place. But, health officials say the risk of becoming infected is low, especially if you've been properly vaccinated against mumps.

If you're unsure, now's the time to check your records or ask your doctor. There's also a blood test that can show whether you're already immune. You also want to start monitoring for symptoms which include fever, headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite and the swelling of your face or jaw. These would show up around 16 days after infection.

Mumps is spread through direct contact with an infected person's saliva and droplets from coughing and sneezing.

Local health deptartments ffer vaccines to prevent mumps infection. If you're already showing symptoms, you should stay home and call your doctor.

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