Several news outlets have reported that a viral infection "similar to mumps" has a war ship under quarantine. From CNN: A US warship has essentially been quarantined at sea for over two months and has been unable to make a port call due to an outbreak of a viral infection similar to mumps.
Here is an article that talks about parotitis versus mumps. Does Your Child with Parotitis Have Mumps? Take note, there is testing if a bacterial infection is causes the swollen salivary glands. If not, it's likely mumps. We know that vaccinated male hockey players were diagnosed by mumps even in 2017. It seems that the articles could differentiate between the two diagnoses - on sounds novel, the other is a likely vaccine failure. And we mustn't discuss that. Our military are one of the most vaccinated populations in the nation. This is word salad. We've seen in vaccine court awards for "autism like features." It's a form of moving the goal line to protect the vaccine program.
There are an increasing number of mumps outbreaks being reported these days and many cases are in vaccinated teens, so it might be easy to just say it is the mumps and recommend that you wait it out, as there is no treatment for the mumps or most other viral infections.
The only problem with that strategy is that if your child has a bacterial infection that is causing their parotitis, then they will likely need antibiotics. Some even go on to develop abscesses that need to be drained. Getting diagnosed with mumps might delay their treatment. And kids with mumps get quarantined far longer than kids with other viral infections.
Fortunately, testing is available, either a real-time RT-PCR (rRT-PCR) or mumps virus culture from a parotid duct swab. You can also do titer testing, although testing for the mumps virus is considered to be more accurate.
So does your child with parotitis have mumps?
They likely do if they have acute parotitis lasting at least 2 days, and either:
- a positive test for serum anti-mumps immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibody,
- a positive test for mumps virus with the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test or culture
- a link or exposure to someone else with mumps