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Mumps cases on the rise in Texas

Dr. Fatma Levent, an Infectious Disease Specialist and Texas Tech Physician (Source: KCBD Video) Dr. Fatma Levent, an Infectious Disease Specialist and Texas Tech Physician (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The CDC says from year to year, the number of mumps cases can range from 200 to a couple thousand, but already this year, nearly 2,000 have been reported, with more than 200 cases in Texas.

That's why Texas is a red state on the CDC map of reported Mumps cases for 2017.

Mumps may begin with fever and aches like any other virus, then lead to swelling of the jaw and cheeks. But this so-called childhood disease can bring life-long complications even if you've had the required two-dose vaccine.

Dr. Fatma Levent, an Infectious Disease Specialist and Texas Tech Physician, says "You can see it in high school students, college students and adults as well. The protection with two vaccines is about 88 percent so you still can have the mumps. Hopefully if you've had the vaccine you'll have less complications."

Dr. Levent says complications from the mumps can include meningitis, hearing loss and even infertility if the virus triggers swelling of the testicles. The reason outbreaks are not uncommon on college campuses is mumps is passed through close contact or saliva. College crowds live and play in close quarters and often share drinks, which could spread the virus.

Dr. Levent says bottom line, remember that this childhood disease can have serious complications, but your best protection, beyond the vaccine... is frequent hand washing.

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