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Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 5:31 PM
— Last year, there were more than 6,000 cases of the contagious disease mumps reported in the United States — the highest number in 10 years.
That’s according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends everyone 15 months and older receive two doses of the MMR vaccine, which protects against three diseases: measles, mumps and rubella.
There’s been a more than 99 percent decrease in mumps cases since the pre-vaccine era and in 2010, the total annual cases were down in the hundreds.
But in recent years, there have been multiple mumps outbreaks reported across the country.
In fact, the number of reported cases increased from 229 in 2012 to more than 6,000 cases in 2016.
The last major outbreaks occurred in 2006, when the U.S. saw more than 6,500 reported cases, predominantly in the Midwest and among college-aged students.
Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 7 this year, 47 states and the District of Columbia have reported approximately 4,667 cases to the CDC.
Syracuse University in New York confirmed 37 mumps cases Friday, an outbreak that began in August mainly among athletes on campus.
According to Syracuse.com, to contain the outbreak, the CDC recommended those at risk receive an extra dose of the MMR vaccine, a dose that helped control a mumps outbreak at the University of Iowa in 2015.
What causes mumps?
Mumps is caused by a virus and is spread through saliva, mucus (from the mouth, nose or throat) via sneezing, talking, coughing, sharing items like cups or utensils or touching areas with unwashed hands.
Due to the close proximity of students and athletes and other people on a college campus, many of the recent outbreaks have occurred in college towns.
“We are seeing it in other close-knit communities that tend to live closely together with strong social or cultural interactions,” including religious groups, Janell Routh, a pediatrician and medical officer on the CDC mumps team told the New York Times.
Common symptoms of mumps, according to the CDC:
These symptoms normally appear 16-18 days after infection.
If people are becoming immune to the MMR vaccine, should the two-dose program still be administered?
Yes, according to Routh. “We know that two doses of M.M.R. decreases your risk of serious complications,” she said.
Such complications include inflammation of the resticles in post-pubertal males, inflammation of the ovaries and more dangerously, deafness and inflammation of the brain, she said.
Additionally, the MMR vaccine also protects against the more serious measles disease and rubella.
The third dose recommendation is meant for those deemed high risk by public health workers.
If there is a mumps outbreak near me, what do I do?
Be sure your M.M.R. vaccine is up to date, inform your doctor right away and make good hygiene a priority by washing your hands often with soap and water.
What do I do if I get mumps?
According to the CDC:
When you have mumps, you should avoid prolonged, close contact with other people until at least five days after your salivary glands begin to swell because you are contagious during this time. The time it takes for symptoms to appear after a person is exposed to the virus can range from 12 to 25 days. You should not go to work or school. You should stay home when you are sick with mumps and limit contact with the people you live with; for example, sleep in a separate room by yourself, if you can. Staying home while sick with mumps is an important way to avoid spreading the virus to other people. People who are infected with mumps don’t get sick right away -- it can take 2 to 4 weeks for them to show signs of infection.
Mumps Makes a Comeback, Even Among the Vaccinated https://t.co/h08DZgTAxC— Angela (@IdaTreasures) November 6, 2017
NY Times on Mumps: "most of the outbreaks were among people 18 to 22 years old, most of whom had had the... https://t.co/Ymtg91e2F5— WorldMercuryProject (@WorldMercury) November 6, 2017
Mumps reported at Catholic University, Georgetown https://t.co/Mxt8PrkYBK— Art Fridrich (@Ahighervision) November 6, 2017
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:37 AM
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Emergency personnel left the lifeless body of a man they were unable to revive on the side of a road, according to reports.
Ty Ross took his dogs Jake and Holly for a walk around the Palma Sola Marina Feb. 26 when he suffered a heart attack, according to WWSB.
His wife Julie Ross had her phone off while she was working out and when she was able to get to the scene, there was only a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy there, according to WWSB.
Emergency personnel, who had been there for about an hour, had already left, leaving Ty Ross’ body half in the street and the other half in the grass.
His body was in the sun for about three hours before a friend who runs a funeral home arrived to pick up Ross’s body, according to WWSB.
The Manatee County Emergency Medical Services’ policy is that an ambulance will not transport a person who has died, according to WWSB.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 6:50 PM
ATLANTA — City of Atlanta officials are struggling to determine how much sensitive information may have been compromised in a Thursday cyber attack.
They urged employees to check their bank accounts to make sure their financial information had not been accessed and said that anyone who had conducted transactions with the city could be at risk.
“Because we don’t know, I think it would be appropriate for the public just to be vigilant in checking their accounts and making sure their credit agencies have also been notified,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a Thursday press conference.
The city has also received demands that it pay a ransom of an unspecified amount, officials confirmed. But officials had yet to make a determination if it would pay the ransom.
“We can’t speak to that right now,” Bottoms said. “We will be looking for guidance, specifically from our federal partners.”
The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service had been called on for advice.
For years, the FBI has warned that the use of ransomware — malicious software that threatens to block access to data or to publish it unless the infected organization pays a ransom — is a fast growing criminal enterprise.
Organizations often don’t learn they have been infected until they can’t access their data or until computer messages appear demanding a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key, according to the FBI’s website.
The messages include instructions on paying the ransom, usually in the form of bitcoins — a crypto currency that allows for anonymous transactions online.
The city’s Department of Atlanta Information Management at 5:40 a.m. Thursday learned of outages of various internal and customer applications “including some applications customers use to pay bills or access court related information,” said Richard Cox, the city’s interim Chief of Operations.
Cox called it a “ransomware cyber attack.”
The public safety department, water services and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport operated without incident, Cox said.
Cox said the city would offer employees additional resources to help them protect their information in coming days.
Bottoms said that the city’s municipal courts should be open on Friday.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said that her department’s emergency response system had not been affected at all.
Shields said that officers had reverted to writing reports on paper out of an abundance of caution, but that as far as she knew the police departments computer systems were still operational.
Shields insisted that earlier reports attributed to a department memo that warned that payroll might be disrupted were not true.
“We did not put out a memo,” Shields said. “I can’t control what is said. I’m deferring to experts here who said, ‘It won’t be affected.’ And I believe them.”
Bottoms also said that city’s 8,000 employees would be paid on Friday.
“I’ll be signing signing 8,000 checks today if necessary,” Bottoms said.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:58 PM
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. — One fourth grade student’s backpack was quite literally the cat’s meow.
Fourth grade teacher Carey Geipel started looking around her classroom after she heard meowing during a planning period March 16 only to discover a student brought a cat to school hidden in a backpack, according to a Facebook post.
“We listen to a purse, lunchbox... it must be a cell phone ringing,” she wrote. “Nope. It’s coming from the backpacks. I lift a jacket and a backpack MOVES. I unzip the backpack and a cat’s head POPS out!”
Geipel made a phone call home to the student’s mother, who came and picked up the cat.
“Hello, Student is safe but we have kind of a weird situation,” Geipel wrote, recounting the conversation. “Your student brought a cat to school, on the bus, in her backpack.”
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A 12-year-old boy disappeared after getting on the wrong school bus on his way home from middle school in metro Atlanta.
Anthony Randolph III disappeared Wednesday after boarding the wrong bus at Redan Middle School in DeKlab County, police said.
Investigators said the boy got off the bus two miles away from his home.
He wasn’t supposed to be on that bus and school officials said they are working to figure out why the bus driver didn’t take him back to school.
“We need you home Anthony, fast, please,” the child’s father, Anthony Randolph Jr., said.
Randolph wiped away tears as he begged anyone with information on the disappearance of his son to come forward.
A search is underway as police continue investigating the boy’s disappearance.