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First State health officials warn of mumps outbreak

Delaware Public Media

The Delaware Division of Public Health is reporting an outbreak of the mumps following a February dance.

Officials have confirmed at least three attendees at the Baile Mejicano dance event at the Chase Center in Wilmington all came down with the mumps.


The mumps is an acute viral infection passed through saliva. DPH is urging all who attended the event on February 10th to visit their primary care physician.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes a substantial increase in mumps outbreaks nationwide since 2015, and recommends all children be vaccinated for the virus after turning one-year-old.


Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. But can lead to other complications in adults.