Texas mumps cases hit 20-year high

  • Texas mumps cases hit 20-year high

Texas mumps cases hit 20-year high

"Before the USA mumps vaccination program started in 1967, about 186,000 cases were reported each year, but the actual number of cases was likely much higher due to underreporting", the CDC said.

"Texas has had 221 mumps cases this year, the largest total since there were 234 cases in 1994", the state health department said.

Mumps cases connected to South Padre Island first emerged this week when another health department contacted the DSHS about a patient who contracted mumps, who had traveled to South Padre Island for spring break. Several states, including Texas, has reported positive mumps cases in individuals who traveled to South Padre Island over the middle of March.

Garfield County Public Health confirms they are investigating four reported mumps cases in residents of the county.

The number of mumps cases recorded in Texas reaches 20-year high in 2017.

"What we're really concerned with about with mumps - since it's so close to the salivary glands - you have situations where people have become deaf, and you could get encephalitis or meningitis", Roberts said. "We want to make sure everyone is vaccinated and up to date so they're thoroughly protected and just be aware this is a possibility".

Mumps is highly contagious and is spread through coughing and sneezing and sharing cups and utensils, according to DSHS. For example, in Texas, 97.6% of kindergarten-age children have received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, Van Deusen said, while 98.7% of seventh-graders have. While most people infected with the virus recover without serious complications, in rare cases the virus can cause swelling of the testes, the ovaries, the membrane surrounding the brain, and the brain itself.

The CDC recommends that children get two doses of the MMR vaccine. However, some vaccinated people still get sick if they're exposed to the virus, so it is also important for people to help stop the spread of mumps by covering coughs and sneezes, washing their hands frequently with soap and water, and not sharing food and drinks. "Still, I'm capable of passing it on to someone else", Schaffner said.

"I just do them all".

Seeing that mumps has been escalating over the last two years, some health care providers and officials believe that the third dose of vaccination is needed to bolster immunization patterns.