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alitis (inflammation of the brain) and others can develop an inflammation of the testes, which can lead to infertility. Mumps has also been associated with spontaneous abortion and deafness.

According to the CDC the mumps virus can cause a acute viral illness the disease typically causes fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swelling of the salivary glands. Dr Gerberding said that the best protection against mumps is the vaccine. Explaining that there is confusion going around right now as to whether or not this outbreak is related to some problem with the vaccine, she emphasized that as of now they have absolutely no information that there is any problem with the vaccine.

Gerberding explained that, despite the availability of the vaccine, people in the age group who are getting sick may not have had the recommended two doses of the vaccine thereby not completely vaccinated, leaving them susceptible to the disease. Dr Gerberding said that it is a good vaccine though not perfect and about 10% of people who get both doses of the vaccine may be still remain susceptible to mumps.

She stated that the CDC would be sending another 25,000 doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to Iowa, the state hit hardest by the outbreak. She also said that Merck & Co., which markets the vaccine, would be providing another 25,000 doses to the CDC for distribution to other states.

She recommended that people should get vaccinated especially if they haven't had the two doses. She said that children who are in the school or teens who are in college, and especially for health-care workers should make sure that they had received their second dose or do so immediately.

Critics say there may be a problem with the longevity of immunity offered by the current vaccine. Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Centre, said that this isn't the first time that ther
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