DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Children’s Hospital says it has two suspected cases of the mumps diagnosed since April.
According to the infectious disease experts, these are the first suspected cases the hospital has seen in at least 20 years.
The hospital says one case is considered probable while other is considered suspect. The Greene County Combined Health District and the Ohio Department of Health must confirm the cases as mumps to make if official. That has yet to happen.
Because of these cases, Dayton Children’s strongly encourages families to make sure their children have the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and booster and to know the signs and symptoms of these conditions.
“Mumps and measles can be prevented by vaccination,” says Sherman Alter, MD, medical director of infectious disease at Dayton Children’s. “It is extremely important for parents to have their children vaccinated and to check their own vaccination records to ensure immunity. Not having your child vaccinated not only puts your child at risk but also increases the likelihood of spreading the virus to other children.”
The vaccine is given as part of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) immunization, which is usually given to children at 12-15 months of age. A second dose of MMR is generally given at 4-6 years of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two doses of the vaccine are 88 percent effective at preventing the disease and one dose is 78 percent effective.
Dayton Children’s is also encouraging all staff and visitors to the hospital to please wear a mask if they believe they have symptoms such as a blotchy rash, fever and cough (measles) or swollen neck glands under the ears and fever (mumps).