Mumps Health Advisory Issued

On April 12th, Texas Health and Human Services put out a Health Advisory regarding Mumps in Texas. According to advisory, “The Texas Department of State Health Services is investigating multiple outbreaks of mumps throughout the state of Texas. The recent resurgence of the mumps virus has resulted in Texas experiencing the highest incidence of mumps in 22 years. State, regional, and local health departments are currently investigating multiple outbreaks throughout the state, including one that includes possible exposures on South Padre Island. Mumps cases potentially linked to South Padre Island first came to light this week when another state health department contacted DSHS about a patient with mumps who had traveled to the area for spring break. DSHS alerted other states and, as of April 11, has been notified of 13 mumps cases in people who traveled to South Padre Island between March 8 and March 22 from six states, including two cases from Texas.

Due to the highly communicable nature of this disease, please consider mumps as a diagnosis for any patients presenting with the following symptoms, particularly those who have traveled out of the state or have come into contact with known mumps cases:

Unilateral or bilateral swelling of the parotid or salivary glands preceded by a low-grade fever, myalgia, malaise, or headache.”

Additional information for providers is in the health advisory and in the news release