Base employee diagnosed with mumps
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- An employee of the Kadena Medical Clinic not involved with direct patient care was recently diagnosed with mumps.
Mumps has a low probability of spreading to U.S. beneficiaries due to our strict immunization policies. However, it is important to know the facts about mumps for effective prevention.
Mumps is spread by respiratory droplets of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. Items used by an infected person, such as cups or pens, can also be contaminated with the virus, which may spread to others if those items are shared. In addition, the virus may spread when someone with mumps touches items or surfaces without washing their hands and someone else then touches the same surface and rubs their mouth or nose.
Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face. For more information about mumps visit: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html.
Most people have received two doses of the MMR vaccine and are at a minimal risk for becoming ill with mumps. Additionally, the risk for unborn children and babies is generally low due to the antibodies passed from a vaccinated mother to child.
Patients who visited the Kadena Medical Clinic Feb. 18-19, 2015 may have been exposed. Please visit the 18 MDG Facebook page for further details on degree of risk, symptoms, and FAQ's: www.facebook.com/kadenamedicalclinic.
If you have concerns or are displaying symptoms please call the 18th Medical Group Public Health at DSN 630-1998 or 098-960-1998 to schedule an appointment.