Mumps rate jumps; bumps midwest campuses

The epidemic is swelling. :> And isn’t that just Swell. / More after the mump. No no no :)

IOWA CITY, April 19 — In the largest mumps outbreak in the United States in more than 20 years, almost 1,000 people have contracted the disease in the Midwest, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta announced Wednesday.

The epidemic began in Iowa, where the State Department of Public Health has reported 815 suspected or confirmed cases. It has spread to at least seven other states.

Per the accompanying Infection Map those would be Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

So far, no one has died from the disease…Twenty people have been hospitalized, said Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control.

…About half of the cases in Iowa involve college-age students, most of whom have been vaccinated, said the state epidemiologist, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. Federal and state health investigators have not pinpointed the origin of the epidemic, but the first cases were identified in December on a college campus in either Iowa City or Dubuque. State officials said they would not name the campus because such information was medically privileged.

Yes but then why did the State Epidemiologist name the two Cities, one of which contains the First-cases Campus while the other Doesn’t? What is it, a Guessing game already? :> This will generate intercollegiate competition. “WE WERE NUMBER ONE! WE WERE NUMBER ONE!” :)

Dr. Gerberding said the disease had spread quickly because of the dense concentration of students in affected cities and because the vaccine is not perfect

How can this Happen in America? :)

…[She elaborated] “What’s going on here is basically a number of people who haven’t received both doses, coupled together with people who have received the vaccine but are susceptible anyway, living in crowded conditions like college dormitories or mixing up with other students at spring break or during holidays, and setting up a cascade of transmission that’s going to take a while to curtail.”

…Christine F. Cassa, a University of Iowa freshman, got the mumps a few weeks ago, along with four or five other students on her dormitory floor. She said she had heard of about a dozen cases in her 900-student dormitory, Burge Hall.

The dorms are so like close quarters,” Ms. Cassa said. “You’re around so many people, and you don’t think about what you’re touching and what you’re drinking, and people share a lot of stuff.”

Since December, the university’s student health service has confirmed 55 cases, said Lisa James, associate director of student health.

…Students who have symptoms are told to isolate themselves for at least five days.

Officials say it could be worse. “We’re seeing really very low attack rates,” Dr. Seward said. “If we didn’t have the high two-dose coverage, we’d be seeing thousands of cases, or tens of thousands of cases.”…

Read the whole thing. My Guess: before the break of May, New England gets the mumps. Well us eastern chumps will just have to take our lumps. ;>

13 Responses to “Mumps rate jumps; bumps midwest campuses”

  1. isuquinndog says:

    We have had 3 casses confirmed here where I live in Illinois.

    http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2006/04/20/news/doc4446c14796a1e065533161.txt

    Kinda scary.

  2. jc says:

    between the mumps and the tornadoes, its been an interesting spring here in iowa city.

  3. DBrooks says:

    In what is considered cataclysmic news, it has been reported that the mumps can be readily spread through the shared use of a bong. Oh, the humanity.

  4. jar jar blinks says:

    My Guess: before the break of May, New England gets the mumps

    goddamn it. first lupus, then shingles, then rickets, now this… why the hell did we get those shots in elementary school? i am one angry leper.

  5. jar jar blinks says:

    it has been reported that the mumps can be readily spread through the shared use of a bong

    jesus h… oh i surrender, mump me.

  6. Joe Loy says:

    hee hee jar jar :) btw how’s the old Gout? :>

  7. jar jar blinks says:

    well, it was the hyperuricemia that brought on the gout so while i would say the gout is painful, the uric acid kidney stones really hurt, the good news though is that i’m headed for total renal failure so this thing should just clear itself up…

  8. Alasdair says:

    jar jar – you shoulda tried my solution (well, more crystallisation) of the problem of a rich diet … a 1 centimetre kidney stone inside 1 kidney that just ain’t goin’ anywhere … they did offer lithotrypsy to break it up, so that “this, too, shall pass”, but, fortunately, I KNEW better than to accept that particular offer …

  9. jar jar blinks says:

    lol, septicly shocking alasdair. i’d passed on the idea of peritoneal dialysis till tenckhoff CAP’D my ass.

  10. Joe Loy says:

    ROTFLMAO! :)

    jar jar, Good, you handle him for a while willyez, yer eminemly quallyfied. :> If he gets too frisky just tell him he can kiss uric acid.

  11. Alasdair says:

    Joe and jar jar – I think we may each and severally have meta-ed our match ! ROTFLMFOWEST !

    “What hath Brendan wrought ?”

  12. jar jar blinks says:

    lololol, joe and alasdair, uncle, uncle! this started with fairly base potty jokes and evolved into very, very complicated potty jokes.