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Mumps Spread in Midwestern States CDC investigates Airline Travel Warns of the Possible Spread

 

April 13th, 2006

Mumps Spread in Midwestern States  CDC investigates Airline Travel Warns of the Possible Spread

Child with Mumps Swollen Cheek

There is a mumps epidemic in Iowa and it is spreading to neighboring states.  There is an estimated 515 suspected cases of mumps according to state health officials.  The disease has shown signs of spreading to six nearby states.  This is the first serious outbreak in the United States in 20 years.

Totals for mumps cases reported by the Center for Disease Control as of this Monday are as follows:  Nebraska 43 people, Kansas 33 people, Illinois 4 people, Missouri 4 people, Wisconsin 4 people and Minnesota 1 person.

 

The Center for Disease Control has started an investigation for people that have traveled on flights that may have possible mumps related cases on board the flight.  If you have traveled on one of these flights you need to be careful to watch for systems related to mumps.

 

These are the flights that the CDC has concern for the possible spread of mumps:

Northwest Airline (NWA) flights:
March 26 NWA (Mesaba) #3025 from Waterloo, Iowa to Minneapolis, Minnesota
March 26 NWA #760 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Detroit, Michigan
March 27 NWA #0260 from Detroit, Michigan, to Washington, DC--Reagan National
March 29 NWA #1705 from Washington, DC--Reagan National to Minneapolis, Minnesota
March 29 NWA (Mesaba) #3026 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Waterloo, Iowa

American Airline (AA) flights:
April 2 AA #1216 from Tucson, Arizona, to Dallas, Texas (DFW)
April 2 AA #3617 from DFW to Lafayette, Arkansas (Northwest Arkansas Regional [NAR])
April 2 AA #5399 from NAR to St. Louis, Missouri
April 2 AA #5498 from St. Louis, Missouri, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mumps have the following symptoms is in 60 70 percent of the cases have an acute swelling of the salivary glands in one or both cheeks.  Sometimes there is swelling under the jaw.  There is also symptoms that lead up to the onset of mumps which includes muscle aches and pains, not wanting to eat, general feeling on ill health, headache and fever.  The CDC said that around 20 percent of people with mumps infection are without symptoms.  There are around 50 percent of mumps cases that have respiratory symptoms.

 

Mumps is a serious infection that has complications.  Testicles, ovaries, and breast can become inflamed.  There is a risk for meningitis/encephalitis, spontaneous abortion, and deafness.  These serious complications affect adults more than children that are infected with mumps.

Mumps are spread by coughing or saliva.  It takes around 14-18 days for the symptoms to manifest.  The time frame for spreading mumps is 3 days before the symptoms occur through 9 days after the onset of symptoms.

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