Mumps is Contagious


Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center continues to monitor reports of mumps in Cape Girardeau County as part of an outbreak that began in early January 2017.  As your local public health agency, we want you to be aware of mumps in our community, and what you can do to reduce the spread of it.

Individuals experiencing symptoms should stay home for a period of five (5) days once symptoms appear. Please view our Mumps Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

May 26, 2017 Update:

Total laboratory confirmed cases since January 16, 2017* = 73
*Note: This is an active outbreak.
  • 64 of the 73 laboratory confirmed cases are students at Southeast Missouri State University 
  • 9 of the confirmed cases have been in the general population of Cape Girardeau County

SEMO University:

  • 64 of the 73 cases are students at Southeast Missouri State University.
    • Two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 88% effective at preventing mumps.
    • As of March 2017, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recommended a third MMR vaccine for students at Southeast Missouri State University a as a measure to help control the outbreak. This decision was based on discussions with local health officials and guidance from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in outbreak situations.
    • For more Southeast Missouri State University mumps information, please visit