The number of reported cases of mumps in the United States on a yearly basis averages from several hundred to several thousand. The numbers of cases that have popped up in the first 3 months of 2017 have alarmed health officials.
Nearly 1,242 cases of mumps have been reported to the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) as of March 4th of this year. According to USA Today, that is on pace to match or eclipse last years number of 5,311 cases.
The mumps are a viral infection, contagious, and can lead to flu-like symptoms and swollen salivary glands. It is also easily preventable through vaccination.
Of the cases that have been reported so far this year, 563 have been reported in the state of Washington alone. Multiple confirmed cases of mumps have also appeared in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Lake County, Illinois.
The 5,311 reported cases of mumps in 2016 was the highest amount in over a decade.
The upward trend in mumps cases is worrisome to health officials. “We always get concerned anytime that we have any type of outbreak, especially with a vaccine-preventable illness,” Camille Sabella, Director of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases said.
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