Two More Mumps Cases Confirmed in Watauga County

WATAUGA COUNTY, NC — Two more cases of mumps have been confirmed in Watauga County. Health officials say that brings the total number to three cases this month.

An Appalachian State student and a Caldwell Community College student were diagnosed this week.

The mumps is a contagious virus that can lead to swelling and pain in the salivary glands. It most commonly affects children ages 5 to 14. The rate among young adults has increased over the last two decades.