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Mumps in the United States (Update)

10 Apr 2014

The mumps outbreak that was first reported last month in Ohio State University is ongoing and spreading into the community. The number of cases has risen to 153 as of 7 April 2014. Mumps cases have been dentified in the counties of: Franklin (135), Delaware (12), Athens (1), Belmont (1), Fairfield (1), Hamilton (1), Licking (1), and Pickaway (1).

A mumps advisory executive team at the university is considering the way forward to contain the outbreak and protect students and the wider community.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.