APRIL 13, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M. CST
But regardless it's spreading quickly and doctors say Region 8 residents need to be aware.
"In this area, if they have large glands, puffiness of the cheeks with fever, and other types of symptoms of like general cold symptoms, they should see their doctor, says Dr. Lance Tuetken, a physician at the First Care Clinic on Matthews.
So what are doctors saying about all this? One local doctor says he thinks it all goes back to this generation and the parents.
"A lot of parents have now got accustomed to not bringing children in for their immunizations. We just don't hear about these illnesses that were prevalent years ago," says Dr. Tuetken.
Whatever the cause may be for the lack of immunizations, the rapid spread of the mumps is the main concern for now. The reported mumps epidemic shows just how quickly air travel can spread the disease.
"The biggest thing is the spread of it. Mumps is so easily spread and its spread by respiratory droplets," says Dr. Tuetken.
"If you haven't been immunized it will find you," says Dr. Tuetken.