Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mumps outbreak

Mumps outbreak spreading at University of Missouri amid national surge in cases of the highly-infectious virus 

  • Escalating numbers of mumps infections being reported nationwide

  • There are now 31 cases at University of Missouri, 27 more being tested

  • Last week, State University of New York reported outbreak from swimteam

  • Numerous Arkansas towns reported 427 mumps infections this summer

  • Harvard University also battling an outbreak

  • Mumps is an infection of the salivary gland, preventable by MMR vaccine
  • The highly infectious virus is spread by saliva on cups, cutlery, plates
  • Many do not experience symptoms but mumps can be devastating 

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