The MMR vaccine has failed again, putting Florida college students at risk for complications including meningitis. Mumps in early childhood is uncomfortable. Mumps in the adult years carries far more risk. When I was a kid, Fram automotive air filters had a slogan in their ads - "You can pay me now. Or you can pay me later." The MMR vaccine has backfired.
From Johns Hopkins: Complications of mumps happen more often among adults than children, and may include:
Meningitis or encephalitis. Inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord or inflammation of the brain.
Orchitis. Inflammation of one or both testicles.
Mastitis. Inflammation of breast tissue.
Parotitis. Inflammation of one or both parotid glands. (THIS IS THE NAVY SHIP SITUATION!)
Oophoritis. Inflammation of one or both ovaries.
Pancreatitis. Inflammation of the pancreas.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The Alachua County Health Department is warning of an unusual outbreak of the mumps. Department spokesperson Paul Myers said 12 cases of the illness have been reported to their office.
That number may seem small, but the department said the county’s baseline is between 0 and 2 cases; making this about a 500 percent increase. However, Myers stressed that the cases are easily traced in this outbreak.
"This is an outbreak between a very close knit group of individuals,” said Myers. “They probably shared utensils, they may have shared drinking vessels."
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The health department says that’s the primary means for transmission of the illness. Leaders at the University of Florida confirm they have between 10 and 12 cases of the mumps reported among the students at their Gainesville campus.
"We're currently in the process of reaching out to students to communicate to them through emails and social media to let them know about this,” said University Spokesman Steve Orlando.
Myers said the county does occasionally see outbreaks of the mumps, but this situation is more unusual because the patients are vaccinated. Read more from Fox 35 Tallahassee Florida here.