CDC Reports Largest U.S. Mumps Outbreak in 3 Years

Posted on November 14, 2009

MumpsThe CDC is reporting thet largest U.S. mumps outbreak since 2006 is occurring in New Jersey, New York and Canada right now. There have been at least 179 cases. The index case is an 11-year-old boy who had returned June 17th from the United Kingdom where a mumps outbreak with over 4000 cases in ongoing.
However, beginning in July 2009, the largest U.S. mumps outbreak since 2006 has occurred, with 179 confirmed or probable cases reported in multiple locations in two states and an additional 15 cases reported in Canada as of October 30.

The index case was an 11-year-old boy who had returned on June 17 from the United Kingdom where an ongoing mumps outbreak involves more than 4000 cases. Because of the potential for more extensive disease transmission, efforts should be made to heighten surveillance for mumps and assure that children and adults are appropriately vaccinated against this disease.
Detailed information about this outbreak can be found here on the CDC's website. The CDC also provides general information about mumps here.

Photo: CDC/ Dr. F. A. Murphy
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