More people have been diagnosed with mumps in Ohio in 2014 than in the entire United States last year, according to a recent NBC News article.
Health officials say there have been 439 cases statewide of the contagious infection as of June 24, as opposed to 438 in the entire country in 2013. More than 800 cases have been reported from 25 states so far this year.
Mumps is one of the infections prevented by the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, which continues to be less than perfect, according to health officials.
“Mumps is a problem because the mumps vaccine that we have is a good one, but it is not a perfect vaccine,” says Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University. “Even after two doses of mumps vaccine, if you wait 10 or 15 years and you’re exposed to mumps there is only about 85 percent protection.” Read the full article here:
Ohio Mumps Outbreak Now Worse Than Whole U.S. Last Year
Why does Ohio have so many cases of mumps?
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