Cases of the Mumps are on the rise, and officials aren't sure exactly why.  After a large outbreak in Arkansas, health professionals have seen a rise in cases in Louisiana.   Now, more than a dozen cases have been confirmed in the Bayou State, and officials expect that number to rise.

The best way to keep yourself and your children safe is to follow the same preventative steps prescribed to keep any infection away.  Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and warm water, don't share drinks or food, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough, clean the surfaces and doorknobs at home/work/school, and most importantly - stay home if you have any symptoms.  "Powering through" is no longer an excuse to spread the disease - you can take care of the most pressing issues from home.

If you start to run a fever that is accompanied by headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and finally swollen and tender salivary glands just under the ears on either or both sides - take a sick day and see your doctor.