Mumps epidemic tops 1,000 cases

first_imgApr 19, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The nation’s largest mumps epidemic in decades has reached well over 1,000 cases and will probably grow further before it ebbs, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Calling the epidemic the largest in more than 20 years, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said it has grown to 815 cases in Iowa and 350 cases in seven other states. Suspected cases are under investigation in seven additional states, she said. Most of the cases are in 18- to 25-year-olds, many of them college students, the CDC has said.”We will not be surprised if we see more people affected either in the college context or as students spend time with their families or their community friends,” which could lead “more extension [of mumps] into the community,” Gerberding said in a teleconference this afternoon.At least 20 people have been hospitalized in the epidemic so far, but none have died of the viral illness, Gerberding said. The illness typically involves swelling of the salivary glands along with fever, headache, malaise, muscles aches, and loss of appetite.The CDC said last week that many of the young adults who have contracted mumps had previously been vaccinated. Today Gerberding cited two likely reasons for the epidemic: some people received only one dose of the vaccine instead of the recommended two doses, and the vaccine simply isn’t effective in about 10% of recipients.”We have no information to suggest there’s any problem with the vaccine,” she said. “The problem here is lack of complete coverage with the vaccine. . . . There’s a group of students, mainly college students, who are less likely to have received both doses of the vaccine.” The CDC says one dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine protects against mumps in about 80% of people.In addition, Gerberding said, “Though this is a very good vaccine, it ‘s not perfect. About 10% of people who get both doses still remain susceptible” to mumps.When people live in crowded settings, such as college dorms or other institutions, a case of mumps can trigger “a cascade of transmission,” she added.People who were born before 1957 are considered immune to mumps, because nearly everyone in that age-group had the illness, according to the CDC.For younger people, coverage with two doses of vaccine is important, and especially so for students, others living in institutions, and healthcare workers, Gerberding said.Referring to healthcare workers, she said, “If you haven’t received two doses, it’s very important that you get your second dose.”Gerberding said the CDC has some MMR vaccine on hand and plans to supply 25,000 doses to Iowa. In addition, the vaccine manufacturer, Merck, has donated 25,000 doses, which the agency will use to immunize people in affected areas. The CDC is not expecting a shortage for now, she said.In response to a question, she said there is no sign that waning immunity is a factor in the epidemic. If waning immunity were the primary problem, there would be more cases in older people, she said.The source of the outbreak is unknown, according to the CDC. The strain circulating in the United States is genotype G, the same as the strain circulating in the United Kingdom, where more than 100,000 cases have occurred in the past few years, Gerberding said. But at this point there is no proof that the situations are linked, she said.Besides Iowa, states involved in the outbeak include Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, the CDC said in its Apr 14 health advisory.In an Apr 7 report, the CDC said the United States has had an average of 265 mumps cases per year since 2001. Gerberding said about 20% of cases are mild or asymptomatic, so people can spread the virus without knowing they have it.The CDC says complications of mumps can include deafness, pancreatitis, meningitis, encephalitis, spontaneous abortion, and inflammation of the testicles, ovaries, or breasts. Aside from deafness, these are more likely in adults than children.See also:CDC. Exposure to mumps during air travel—United States, 2006. MMWR 2006 Apr 11;55(Dispatch):1-2http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm55d411a1.htmCDC. Mumps epidemic—Iowa, 2006. MMWR 2006 Apr 7;55(13):366-8http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5513a3.htmlast_img read more

Water polo opens season with two blowouts

first_imgWomen’s water polo opened its season with big wins against UC San Diego at home on Friday and away at Whittier on Saturday. The Trojans came away with a 2-0 record to kick off their 2016 campaign to the championships, winning 17-4 against UC San Diego and 28-2 against Whittier.The Women of Troy hosted UC San Diego Friday and opened up with a 4-0 lead with goals from junior driver Stephania Haralibidis, sophomore utility Hayley McKelvey, junior driver Nikki Stansfield and sophomore utility Annika Jensen. The Tritons answered back with a power play goal. Sophomore goalie Victoria Chamorro and the Trojan defense left UC San Diego scoreless for the next 10-plus minutes of play. Chamorro and the defense kept the Tritons at bay, the Trojan offense added on five more goals bringing their lead 9-1 at the half.Freshman goalie Amanda Longan made her debut in the cage in the second half for the Trojans racking up four saves by the end of the half. USC’s offense continued to fight hard tallying up 8 more goals for a final score of 17-4. Top scorer junior two-meter Brigitta Games totaled four goals from the two-meter position. Stephania Haralibidis and junior two-meter Avery Peterson also scored three goals each earning hat tricks.The Trojans carried their momentum from Friday’s win to Whittier on Saturday. USC dominated Whittier, leading 8-2 by the end of the first quarter. The Trojan defense left the Poets scoreless for the remainder of the game. The offense also packed a punch with six Trojans tallying 3 or more goals while another three Trojans made their first goals of their careers. Stat leader of the evening was Peterson who totaled a career-high 6 goals against Whittier.Longan started in the cage for the Women of Troy batting down four saves for the Trojans. Longan and the Trojan defense held the Poets to just 2 goals into the half. Senior Alegra Hueso took over the cage in the second half allowing no goals and tallying five saves to help the defense stop the Poets.The Trojan offense continued their scoring frenzy leading 16-2 by the end of the first half with 4 goals from Peterson as well as a career-first goal for freshman driver Mackenzie Flath. The offensive momentum carried into the third quarter for the Women of Troy with junior driver Ioanna Haralibidis adding 3 more goals to the scoreboard as well as another two from Games.Jensen helped the Trojans finish strong in the fourth quarter with a career-first hat trick bringing her total to 3 goals. Freshman driver Courtney Fahey also made a splash tallying 2 back-to-back goals to kick off her career. By the end of the fourth, Peterson would add 2 more goals bringing her total to 6 for the evening and the final score to 28-2.After a successful pre-season weekend, the Trojans will be hosting the Brazilian National Team for a scrimmage Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Uytengsu Aquatic Center before hitting the road for the Triton Invitational on Feb. 13-14.last_img read more