We have learned from the Maine CDC that there has been a single confirmed case of Mumps in our community. We are monitoring this closely and have taken all of the necessary steps to keep our staff and patients safe. Please be aware that all employees and patients who may have been exposed are being contacted directly, and we are working diligently to limit the impact of this exposure.
Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, headache and swelling of the salivary glands. Other symptoms associated with mumps may include fatigue, muscle aches, and loss of appetite.
Here are the recommendations that we are sharing with community members at this time:
For those who HAVE NOT received the Mumps vaccine:
- If you believe you were exposed by personal contact, a visit to the York Walk-In Clinic on March 11, or presence at York High School March 6-11, 2019, and you have not been vaccinated, we recommend you contact your primary care provider for advice on the next steps that you should take.
- If you believe that you have been exposed, you have not been vaccinated, and you have symptoms, you may see your primary care provider or present to any open health care facility for further evaluation and testing. York Hospital Walk-ins and Emergency services are prepared to assist any patients needing evaluation. Given that Mumps is a highly infectious virus, those who may have been exposed should wear a mask upon arrival to any health care facility so that other compromised individuals may be protected.
- If you have not been exposed, we encourage you to be vaccinated and to discuss this with your primary care provider.
For those who HAVE received the Mumps vaccine:
- If you have already been vaccinated, your health should not be compromised. However, given that no vaccine is 100% effective, you should still watch for symptoms for 25 days after exposure and seek medical attention if concern for infection arises.