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CDC: More Than 700 Cases Of Mumps In U.S. This Year

May 10, 2019 - 10:15 am

(WWJ) First the measles, then the mumps.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that there have been 736 cases of the Mumps across the nation so far this year.  That's over 300 more than there were this time last year.

Symptoms of mumps can include swollen glands, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.  Inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and loss of hearing can also occur; and in rare cases, this hearing loss can be permanent. The most serious possible complication is inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), which in rare cases can lead to death or permanent disability.

The Mumps is covered by the Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine, which some people have been skipping due to bogus information being passed around online regarding vaccination safety. 

A map from the CDC, last updated in late April, shows there have been anywhere from 3 to 39 cases of mumps in Michigan in 2019. 

Before the U.S. mumps vaccination program started in 1967, about 186,000 cases were reported each year, the CDC says, but the actual number of cases was likely much higher due to underreporting.  Since the two-MMR dose vaccination program was introduced in 1989, U.S. mumps cases decreased more than 99%, with only a few hundred cases reported most years. However, since 2006, there have been several increases in cases and outbreaks about every 5 years 

From 2015 to 2017, the U.S. saw a range of different mumps outbreak settings and sizes. Cases started to increase in late 2015. From January 2016 to June 2017, health departments reported 150 outbreaks (9,200 cases), including households, schools, universities, athletics teams and facilities, church groups, workplaces and large parties and events.

The CDC says the best way to protect yourself and your family from the mumps is by getting the vaccines. Not sure if you or your child is vaccinated? Speak with your doctor. 

Get more information about mumps from the CDC at this link.