Mumps is in the community.  Mumps can be a serious disease if one has not had the recommended two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.  Symptoms of mumps include: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite and swollen salivary glands under the jaw.  If you think you may have the mumps, please contact your healthcare provider to determine if testing is appropriate so you can avoid exposing others in the waiting rooms.  The Iowa Department of Public Health does NOT recommend persons to receive a 3rd dose of MMR.  For more information, please see the Iowa Department of Public Health website: Mumps information

Zika Virus:  this is a rather new disease passed on from mosquitoes and can cause microcephaly (small head size and small brain) in the babies of pregnant women.  There is still MUCH to be learned!  In the mean time, pregnant women are discouraged from traveling to countries affected with Zika Virus.  If you must travel to affected areas be sure to avoid mosquitoes by using insect repellent.  For more information on Zika Virus, please see the CDC website.