Officials with the Department of Health say two cases of mumps have been reported so far this season in Williams County. Immunization Surveillance Coordinator Jenny Galbraith says parents of children who likely have been in contact with anyone with a confirmed case of mumps have been notified, as per policy.
Health experts ask parents to look for symptoms, including swollen glands near the jaw lasting two days or longer. They recommend parents vaccinate their children for mumps at 12 to 15 months old and again between four and six years. A vaccination is required for children to attend schools within the state.
The North Dakota Department of Health says there have three more cases of mumps recorded in Stark County this year.
Last year, officials recorded a total of 14 cases in the state. Galbraith says the number of cases vary from year to year.