Mumps outbreak in 2 Washington State counties in USA

Two counties in Washington State are reporting major outbreaks of mumps. In King County, there have been 120 suspected and confirmed cases with 92 of the infected people residing in the municipality of Auburn. Most of the cases (72 cases) have been found in children age 17 and younger. In Spokane County, there have been 10 reported cases.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of the highly contagious mumps virus can occur anywhere in the world at any time. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to this virus by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including measles, are up-to-date prior to travelling.