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Mumps Outbreak In The US

United States has recorded the largest outbreak of mumps over the past two decades. The current outbreak, the largest in this country since 1988 // , is believed to have begun in late 2005 at a university in eastern Iowa. The federal officials reported yesterday that the outbreak is continuing to spread.

According to latest information from the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more than 1,000 cases reported so far, most of them, about 815, have been in Iowa. The remaining cases have been reported in seven other states -- Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, CDC director, said at a news conference Wednesday, that right now the condition is very unstable, and that they are not yet able to reliably predict where this will lead. She explained that the disease has been reported largely among people in their late teens and early 20s. Stating that this is the largest outbreak of mumps that seen in the country in more than 20 years, Dr. Julie Gerberding, said that there have been more than 1,000 cases reported from more than eight states. She also said that there are ongoing investigations in seven more states.

So far, she stated that 20 people have been hospitalised with mumps. Stating that the speculation of the outbreak having its roots from England, where an outbreak of more than 100,000 cases of mumps has been reported, is possible, but they are yet to obtain any proof at this time, she said.

Dr Gerberding noted that, as is the nature of mumps and the continued progression of the outbreak, officials are expecting more cases in more states. There has been a vaccine for mumps since 1967 that has largely eliminated frequent outbreaks of the disease, she said. She explained that though mumps is not usually a serious disease, but in some people it can have serious complications. Dr Gerberding said Up to 10% of people with mumps develop enceph
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