RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – There are as many as nine suspected mumps cases in Hidalgo County.
County officials say these are suspected cases where there are clinical signs but are still awaiting final testing.
They’re working with state, local, and federal agencies to address this situation. Officials also added that small outbreaks are not uncommon, however what is unusual about the situation is that small children are more likely to contract mumps, but right now the suspected cases involve young adults.
County officials added that because of the incubation period of the illness, you can expect more cases to be reported in the coming days and weeks.
“Immunization is effective, everyone needs to get their immunization for all the mumps. It’s not a dangerous dangerous illness, it’s very much a nuisance and a debilitating illness. It is very contagious, but here is the part, it’s up to 90% preventable with a simple vaccine. Why wouldn’t you do it?” Said Eddie Olivarez, Hidalgo County Health Director.
Olivarez is also stressing right now that there is no link between the confirmed and suspected mumps cases to the immigration situation.