Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Texas mumps cases hit 20-year high

Mumps also known as epidemic parotitis is a viral disease caused by the mumps virus Mumps also known as epidemic parotitis is a viral disease caused by the mumps virus
Tracy Craig | 15 April, 2017, 02:50

Each year, the number of mumps cases fluctuates within a range of a couple hundred to a couple thousand cases, according to the CDC.

Multiple outbreaks include possible exposures on South Padre Island. So the bad news is that 15% of people who have been vaccinated are likely to become ill if they encounter mumps very closely.

Mumps is rarely a deadly disease, but if not treated immediately it can lead to encephalitis, deafness or swelling of the brain.

State officials are putting health care providers on alert as the incidence of mumps in Texas reaches a 20-year high. Students are a highly vulnerable group for mumps as they share bottles, cutlery, and food frequently. Here the focus will be rather on several health issues; not just on mumps.

Midwestern states have experienced the highest numbers of cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In case of greater exposed population, it is recommended to apply third booster dose just as Cedar Hill has offered a third booster dose, which is exactly as they have offered at Cedar Hill. Serious complications from mumps are rare but include meningitis and other problems.

Because it is caused by a virus, mumps does not respond to antibiotics.

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Mumps is a viral infection that causes painful swelling in the glands of the cheek and jaw.

Recovery may follow in a week. "We've only added 14 cases in the last three weeks". Those suspected of mumps are advised to stay home considering the contagious nature of the illness.

Garfield County Public Health confirms they are investigating four reported mumps cases in residents of the county.

Still, that one percent is still a risk Awalt says she's not willing to take for her little girl. The vaccine is perfectly safe and should be administered at least twice during a children's early years (first dose at 12 months of age and second dose at between 4-6 years old).

"CDC is investigating the factors that may be contributing to the increase in cases, including that the vaccine prevents many but not all cases of mumps; the disease spreads more easily in crowded settings; and the possibility that the protective effect of the vaccine decreases over time", the CDC said. The mumps vaccine is the best way to keep from getting mumps, and research shows the mumps vaccine protects 88 percent of people who are fully vaccinated.

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