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KAY COUNTY, Okla. – Health officials in Kay County are warning parents after a recent case of mumps was discovered in a child.

On Monday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced that recent laboratory tests have confirmed a case of mumps in Kay County.

Health officials say it is unlikely the child was contagious with the virus while at school.

However, the health department has also identified another possible case of mumps in a Kay County adult.

Investigators say both patients have connections with individuals who were part of the mumps outbreak in Garfield County.

Last month, officials in Garfield County confirmed four cases of mumps and were investigating dozens of other suspected cases after students in two schools started showing symptoms of the disease.

Mumps is a virus that is spread by coughing, sneezing and direct contact with saliva, like eating or drinking after an infected person.

Symptoms include swelling on one or both sides of the face, tenderness of the salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area, slight fever, headache, general aches and muscle pain.

Those symptoms usually appear 16 to 18 days after the infection, and individuals can begin spreading the virus two days before showing symptoms.

Experts say patients will usually recover on their own, but some cases can lead to serious complications.

“If parents observe symptoms of mumps in their child, we are strongly requesting that the child be kept at home for the five days after those symptoms are discovered,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley. “This is the most effective way to prevent the disease from spreading.”

Two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine required for school attendance are 88 percent effective in preventing mumps. The MMR vaccine is recommended on or after a child’s first birthday with a second dose at four to six years of age.

People who are born during or after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity against mumps should get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine.