Pinal, Maricopa County fighting mumps outbreak

Pinal, Maricopa County fighting mumps outbreak
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is given to people to avoid the spread of the three diseases that health officials have worked to eliminate. (Source: KAIT-TV)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pinal and Maricopa County are currently fighting a mumps outbreak according to the Arizona Department of Health Services website.

KPHO reported on Thursday that Maricopa County Public Health officials issued a warning about the outbreak within the community.

According to ADHS, the breakdown for southern Arizona is:

Cochise County 3

Pima County 1

Santa Cruz County 1

Graham County 2

Greenlee County 0

Maricopa County 18

Pinal County 73

Maricopa County has a population of 4.3 million, while Pinal County has a 430,000 person population.

Mumps is caused by a virus that spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth. It can be easily spread by sharing food, drinks, kissing, and other items that come in contact with an infected person’s saliva.

For more information on symptoms and signs and how to report a case, visit the CDC website.

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