Health authorities in New York have notified the Vaad Hakinus that there is a mumps outbreak in the Crown Heights community.
In an email to Shluchim, Kinus organizers say they don’t want to cause any undue alarm, but wish to inform participants of this matter for safety reasons.
Organizers suggest getting two doses of the MMR vaccine as protection against contracting this disease.
During the last week, many cases of the illness have been reported throughout the Crown Heights community.
Local schools have notified parents to be alert to the symptoms, keep children who are ill at home, and make sure children are properly vaccinated.
Mumps is a contagious disease, caused by a virus, that leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands. The virus is spread from person-to-person by respiratory droplets (for example, when you sneeze) or by direct contact with items that have been contaminated with infected saliva.
Symptoms include face pain, fever, headache, sore throat, and swelling of the ear and jaw.