Mumps Cases On The Rise With Alachua County Second Highest In State

May 31, 2019

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The CDC says there have been 971 cases of measles reported in the United States so far this year, meaning with the year not quite half over, now has the greatest number of cases in a single year in nearly three decades. For the two confirmed cases in Florida involved residents who were unvaccinated and acquired the highly contagious virus while traveling outside the United States. Now it appears mumps has duplicated an upward trend of breaking decades old records and Alachua County is at the forefront. The Florida Department of Health have confirmed 10 cases of mumps in Alachua County, which is second in the state behind Miami-Dade with 11 cases. In total 736 people nationwide have been plagued with fever, muscle aches and headaches and its trademark puffy jowls look. As with measles, mumps can be more serious than a rash. Sometimes serious complications can occur, especially in adults. Mumps infections in men and adolescent boys can cause sterility. Other types of inflammation associated with the disease include meningitis and encephalitis can lead to permanent loss of hearing, disability or even death. And as with measles, mumps is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks as droplets of moisture transports the virus. And as with measles, a vaccine can protect you and your family from infection is available.  The MMR vaccine has shown a 97% effectiveness rate for measles and 88% for mumps, however these numbers reflect the CDC's change in vaccination in 1998 of two MMR boosters instead of one. So if you were born between 1957 and 1998, you may need a MMR booster to not only protect yourself from measles but mumps.  It is very important to talk with your doctor for an individual review of your health and lay out the best plan of action to keep you and your family safe.

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SOURCE: Gainesville Sun

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