EDINBURG –Health and Human Services Director Eduardo “Eddie” Olivarez on Tuesday reported that the county is seeing its second wave of confirmed mumps cases, with 39 now confirmed through lab tests and clinical reviews by physicians.

Some of the cases are related to the original outbreak and some are new, unrelated individual cases, Olivarez said.

“With the incubation period ranging from 14 to 24 days before symptoms appear, this increase was to be expected,” Olivarez said. “This can be considered the second wave.”

Mumps is a contagious virus that causes fever, muscle aches, headache, loss of appetite, and swelling of the salivary glands, which can include the jaw and neck area. Other glands can swell or become tender, most notably adult males may experience swollen or tender testicles.

Olivarez credits increased vigilance at schools as well as by physicians.

“We alerted area physicians and health care workers to test for mumps in patients showing symptoms, and they have been diligent,” Olivarez said.

People who are vaccinated may still contract the mumps but will have milder symptoms. If you suspect you have the mumps, you are encouraged to be tested by your physician. Those with who are autoimmune compromised, such as organ transplant recipients and people on dialysis, are encouraged to review with their physicians if a vaccine or booster is indicated. All people who are not vaccinated are encouraged to get the vaccine.

“If you are unsure of your vaccination status, please see your physician for evaluation,” said Olivarez.