No announcement yet.

PA: 2018 Mumps- Cases in Montgomery & Chester Counties

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • PA: 2018 Mumps- Cases in Montgomery & Chester Counties


    Mumps strike Penn State students, CMU student has measles
    Debra Erdley
    Debra Erdley | Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 9:18 a.m.
    Updated 2 hours ago

    A pair of once common childhood illnesses have shown up on Pennsylvania college campuses.

    One week after authorities in Allegheny County reported a case of measles in a Carnegie Mellon University student, officials at Penn State's University Park campus are reporting four confirmed cases of mumps among students there...

  • #2

    Health Officials: Montgomery County Mumps Outbreak Linked To Delaware Dance Event
    March 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    Filed Under:CDC, Local TV, Mumps, Norristown

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) —Health officials in Montgomery County are investigating several cases of mumps linked to a Delaware outbreak.

    Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health says the mumps cases are connected to a dance event held at the Riverfront in Wilmington on Feb. 10...


    • #3

      Mumps Outbreak Confirmed In Chester County
      Breaking: An outbreak of the highly contagious mumps virus has been confirmed in Chester County, health officials announced.
      By Justin Heinze, Patch Staff | Mar 28, 2018 2:46 pm ET | Updated Mar 28, 2018 5:41 pm ET

      WEST CHESTER, PA — An outbreak of the highly contagious mumps virus has been confirmed in Chester County, health officials announced.

      The cases have been traced back to a social dance event - a "Baile Meijcano" or "Mexican Dance" - that occurred at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware on Feb. 10, according to the county Health Department.

      Officials said the virus has spread within Chester County since that time...


      • #4

        Health Officials Expanding Investigation Into Mumps Outbreak In Delaware Valley
        By Stephanie Stahl
        March 29, 2018 at 11:41 pm
        Filed Under:Local TV, Mumps

        PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The mumps outbreak linked to a Wilmington concert is growing, as new cases were confirmed Thursday and local health officials are expanding the investigation.

        Two-thousand people attended the concert and health officials say they’re at risk for mumps, as well as people who’ve had close contact with them.

        The mumps outbreak started here at the Chase Center in Wilmington at a dance festival on Feb. 10.

        The state of Delaware now has 11 people with mumps, Chester County has 19 and two pending, Montgomery County has 2 confirmed cases and one pending...


        • #5

          More Philadelphia-area mumps cases reported
          Updated: April 11, 2018 — 2:00 PM EDT
          by Rita Giordano, Staff Writer

          An eight-year-old Montgomery County child and an adult household member are the latest confirmed regional cases of the mumps, a county spokeswoman disclosed Wednesday.

          The child presented at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with swelling of salivary glands, a common symptom of the mumps. Although the youngster was up to date with the recommended childhood Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations, the young patient is believed to have contracted the highly-infectious illness through the adult household member who also recently came down with the mumps, said county spokeswoman Kaitlyn Foti...

          ...The two new cases are not believed to be related to last month’s outbreak of mumps reported in Montgomery and Chester counties and the state of Delaware. The majority of those cases were linked to Baile Mejicano, a Mexican dance social event held in Delaware at the Chase Center on Feb. 10 and Mar. 3.

          Three Montgomery County cases were part of that outbreak, while 19 Chester County cases were also reported. Delaware state public health officials said they saw 13 cases...


          • #6
            University Health officials report 12 recent mumps cases at University Park

            With end-of-semester activities, those who are inadequately immunized should take precautions

            May 1, 2018

            UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Health Services (UHS) reports 12 cases of students with mumps on the University Park campus within the last several weeks. All have been isolated in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health protocols and recommendations.

            However, with upcoming end-of-semester events, including commencement and move-out activities which draw large numbers of people to campus, the University community is advised to take precautions against mumps. Those who do not have presumed immunity to mumps — either through two doses of the MMR vaccine or through previously contracting mumps — should be especially aware of the risks.

            The incubation period for mumps is 12 to 25 days, which means that anyone exposed to someone with mumps could be infectious at this time. People most at risk are those who have not been fully immunized (this includes infants and young children who are not yet old enough to be fully vaccinated) and those with compromised immune systems making them more susceptible to infection.

            University health officials, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, have been closely monitoring mumps cases during the spring semester. There have been a total of 24 confirmed cases since January, with all of the students isolated in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health protocols and recommendations. UHS staff also have notified and provided recommendations to those who have had direct contact with mumps cases, at the time their exposure risk was identified.

            Symptoms often include tender swollen glands below the ear or along the jawline on one or both sides of the face and neck, headache, fever, and cold-like symptoms. Students who develop symptoms should contact University Health Services at 814-863-4463; faculty and staff should contact their primary care providers.

            UHS advises the following precautions against mumps:
            • Stay away from people who are sick
            • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper sleeve, not your hand
            • Handwash frequently with either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
            • Don’t share food and drinks with others, engage in drinking games, or participate in other activities that may result in saliva exposure
            ABOUT MUMPS

            Mumps is a highly infectious disease passed through saliva and respiratory secretions. While the incubation period is 12-25 days, symptoms often appear 16-18 days after exposure and often include tender swollen glands below the ear and along the jawline on one or both sides of the face and neck, headache, fever and cold-like symptoms. People with mumps are considered infectious from two days before swelling begins through five days after the start of swelling.
            For most people, two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine provide adequate immunity to the infection. In January 2018, the CDC published recommendations for use of a third dose of MMR vaccine for people identified as having an increased risk of contracting mumps during an increase in cases, such as those who are in prolonged, close-contact settings like college and university campuses. Also, by college age the vaccine-induced immunity of previous vaccinations may have started to fade, making this population more vulnerable.
            University Health Services advises the following:

            — All students, faculty and staff should check with their health care providers to confirm receipt of two doses of the MMR vaccine after their first birthday. Anyone who does not have immunity to mumps, either through receipt of the two-dose MMR vaccine or a previous mumps infection, should schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine. Students may schedule an appointment at University Health Services; faculty and staff should contact their primary care providers.
            — All students who have not already done so are urged to request a copy of their immunization information from their private health care provider to be faxed to University Health Services at 814-865-6982. During an increase in mumps cases, anyone who does not have proof of vaccination may be excluded from campus for 25 days after the last possible date of infection.
            — Although the two-dose MMR series is highly effective for most people, it is important to remember that no vaccine is 100 percent effective for every person. Unfortunately, there is not a good way to determine who has not developed immunity from the two-dose vaccine series. Consider getting a third dose of the vaccine if advised by a health care provider.

            For additional information, please review the following resources:

            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela