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

Gerrard hails ever-improving Liverpool

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “We used to have some real good professionals and really mentally strong players within our squad, but it seems as if from No.1 in the squad to player 26, mentally they’re all monsters and they’re all on the same page.” Gerrard also believes they’re in the perfect place to dominate for years to come. “To have a squad that’s got that mentality, I’m really excited to watch them in the coming years as well,” he said. read also:‘Man Utd,Liverpool part of my dream’ – Tete “I think they’ve got an absolutely fantastic opportunity to become a very successful Liverpool team and that’s what we all want as Liverpool fans.” Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard, has been awe watching Liverpool’s progress this season. Liverpool have looked like champions elect for much of the season The Kop legend reckons that is the difference between Jurgen Klopp’s players and the teams he played in which came close to winning the league. “They’ve been phenomenal for a few years now,” said the Kop hero. “I thought last year they were very unlucky not to be champions, I think that was down to how good Manchester City were. “But they just seem to be getting better and stronger every single year. “I think the one key thing that’s blown me away compared to when I played what they seem to have now is the mental strength across the board.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mindlast_img read more

Tufaie Foundation Revamps Activities

first_imgThe Tufaie Foundation Child Care and Middle School located in Ganta has stepped up its services by procuring a brand new school bus to meet the transportation needs of its students.The proprietor of the school, Benedict Domah, told the Daily Observer that the school decided to purchase a bus owing to the serious difficulty the students encounter in reaching the campus on time each morning.He added that many of the students are between the ages of three and 15 years, and for them to be riding commercial motorcycles to school poses danger to their lives, as well as constrains them to leave the campus late after school hours.Mr. Domah said in order for the students to be adequately prepared academically, the school is using a Ghanaian curriculum as a reference guide to the Liberian curriculum and ensuring that full attention is given them in their lessons.Tufaie Foundation is among the leading toddler schools in Ganta, where most of the business people send their children to acquire quality education.During a visit to the campus by this reporter, it was discovered that many of the first graders who are ages four to six, have developed good writing skills, while many of the seventh and eighth graders are at the ages of 13 and 14.The older students, Mr. Domah said, are taken on a field trip every semester to see for themselves some of the historical sites such as mounts Nimba and Tokadeh and the Kpatawee Water Fall in Suakoko, Bong County because these are some of the places that are discussed in their social studies class.While the government is yet to provide subsidy to the school, Mr. Domah praised GoL for recently training and providing incentives for their teachers.The incentive was part of money the government allotted for private school teachers under the reference, “Ebola money.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

O-T-L registration closes Wednesday

first_imgRegistration is now open for the second annual Over the Line tournament, as part of High-on-Ice weekend.It costs $100 per team, for teams of 4-6 players. Registration Packages available at the North Peace Leisure Pool – Register your team by 10:00PM on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009.Taking place on January 17th, OTL is fun, easy to learn, and easy to play. Participants last year had a great time, and more teams are expected this year.- Advertisement -For more info – you can call Byron Stewart at 250-787-7161.The Sweaty Yetis at the 2008 OTL tourneyThe Hazmats at the 2008 OTL tourney – photos courtesy Byron StewartAdvertisementlast_img read more