Mumps outbreak monitored locally

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{***PKG***} Janet Ford of Washoe County Health Department's Immunization Clinic has been watching with interest the mumps outbreak in the midwest. " Yes it could happen here."
it's the first serious mumps outbreak in this country in 20-years. Ford says just because its going on in the midwest that doesn't mean health care professionals like her aren't interested in its course or outcome. Iowa has been the hardest hit by the outbreak, with more than 500-reported cases. What's interesting is health officials believe two infected airline passengers may have helped spread the disease.
Janet Ford says the disease can spread easily given the right set of circumstances. ": When you cough and sneeze you actually expel these droplets of virus. Its in salvia so sharing sodas taking sips off of someone else's drink sharing your chapstick, its not a good idea."
Ford says traditionally children are immunized for mumps with the -m-m-r vaccine. It is given twice so that at best it provides a 95-percent protection rate against the disease. That means some will still develop mumps if exposed, and their chance is even greater if they don't get that second shot...so while the numbers in the midwest seem large they really are what can be expected when the virus is introduced into a community. " We know the larger the group, the larger that five percent really entails, so t\you have a community of a thousand and you vaccinated everybody, we now there are still going to be fifty people that are also susceptible."
Symptoms of the mumps incllude swollen neck glands, high fever, upset stomach, and vomiting. The health district is urging local doctors to not rule out the mumps if a patients presents certain symptoms just because that patient has been immunized.
Rare but serious complications of this disesae include, meningitis, pancreatitis, and in males sterility.


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