Mumps cases at 20-year high in Texas

The mumps virus. (CDC-MGN/file)
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) State officials are putting health care providers on alert as the incidence of mumps in Texas reaches a 20-year high.

Multiple outbreaks have been reported around the state including one that involves possible exposures on South Padre Island, which is a popular spring break destination.

State health officials have been notified about 13 mumps cases in people who traveled to South Padre between March 8 and March 22 from six states, including two from Texas.

Texas has recorded 221 cases of mumps this year, the most since 1994 when there were 234.

Mumps is highly contagious and is spread through coughing, sneezing and sharing cups and utensils, officials say.

There is a vaccine and it protects 88 percent of the people who are fully vaccinated.