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Health officials confirm case of mumps in young child

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- Benton Franklin County Health officials tell Action News they have a confirmed case of mumps in a young child that is not related to the outbreak in Western Washington.

Officials say the case was confirmed two weeks ago, and since the positive test, there have been no new cases of the disease.

Health District officials say the child was not old enough for grade school and was not attending daycare or preschool.

Mumps is a highly contagious viral illness. Mumps virus is spread by droplets-coughing, kissing and exchanging of saliva. People at risk are usually those who are in very close contact.

Officials recommend that people get vaccinated to reduce the chance of contracting the illness.

The most common symptoms of mumps include a fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite.

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