- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The N.C. Division of Public Health says it has found seven cases of the mumps in three counties, prompting a reminder for people to make sure they are up to date with their vaccines.

A news release from the division on Thursday said the seven cases were found in Orange, Wake and Watauga counties. They were identified in April, and officials said college and elementary school students are among those affected.

Mumps is a viral illness known to cause swelling of the salivary glands below the ears and above the jaws. Infection is spread by droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of an infected person.

The division said while it’s possible for people who have been vaccinated to get mumps, the risk is higher in those who are not.

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