Northeastern states on alert after mumps outbreak in Maine

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Vermont health officials are warned to be on the alert for mumps after a recent outbreak in Maine.

As of Monday, there were 57 suspected cases and 15 confirmed cases of the mumps virus in the Maine, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The cases were reported in 13 of 16 counties.

No cases have been reported in Vermont this year. In the last 15 years, Vermont had 6 reported cases.

The state Health Department sent notices to health-care providers last week warning them to on the lookout for the virus.

Mumps cause glands, typically the salivary glands, to become swollen and tender.

The Vermont Department of Health Web site says symptoms include a fever, headache, muscle aches and loss of appetite.

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