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Thanks for the post.
 
I am mainly interested in the mumps because it is essentially a test run for what the Govt. could do for a Pandemic. Mumps is like a mild less harmful test run. Questions I am interested in:
 
1.  Restrictions on activities- Schools closed etc.
 
2. The rate of spread- all of a suddden everyone has it. Realize this all came form 2 people on an airline in March
 
3. Effects on your day to day life
 
4. Emergency room, hospital overload, schools closing, panic buying of food in stores- I doubt this will occur but I would like to know if it does  
 
Just as you note anything interesting, please post. I am constructing a time line.
 
 
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You may want to add North Dakota to your list.  One case of mumps in Fargo, ND last week.
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According to dear sis, if the mumps was a test run, we're screwed.   Many, many patients, initial confusion about possible problematic vaccines?  New strain? The spread was incredibly rapid, but few if any measures were taken to stall it.  A couple of small schools closed, some parents kept kids home, but most were just treated and got over it. The emergency room wasn't the first contact for most - generally pediatricians and GP's.  The health professionals did not get any particular special treatment, and many assumed immunity because they DID have mumps as children.  As wenmalon noted, there were some deaths from complications resulting from the mumps.

I guess the thing she was concerned about was the initial confusion, and the rapid spread before they could identify the carrier.   If it were BF instead of mumps, well....not a pretty picture.
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Just heard mumps case at Indiana University.
    

Edited by Ruth - April 22 2006 at 2:47pm
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Thanks for the information. This is exactly what I suspected. And most people do not think of mumps a s a serious problem.
 
I think we will see 50 state spread because of the lag between infection and symptoms.
 
I wonder why reporters are not just going to the local ER and writing about what they see.
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Thanks. I think we will be adding a lot of states.
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Thanks. I will scan for stories.
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   Thanks for the added information.  We can also add South Dakota to the Mumps list.  Someone at Dakota State University.  A 19-year-old.  They are being quarantined. 
    Tell your sis to get on here too.  We need more medical professionals on here from different areas of the country, as they seem to get information a little sooner.......in my opinion anyway.
 
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Mumps health advisory
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April 21, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An Indiana University Bloomington student has been diagnosed with mumps, according to Hugh Jessop, director of the Indiana University Health Center. Because the recent mumps epidemic in the Midwest has been tied closely to university communities, Jessop said that students, faculty and staff -- particularly those individuals who have direct student contact -- need to be aware they may be at risk of contracting the disease.


I wonder what will happen when all those college students come home for the summer.
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Thanks for the post.
 
Many college students go home on weekends, if for no other reason than to use their parents washing machine.
 
 So I expect rapid spread.
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Thanks for South Dakota. 
 
I will add it to the interactive map we are devoloping.
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JaxMax,
  Great idea on the map.   I live in southeast South Dakota and work in NW Iowa.  Across the river is Nebraska, and about 10 miles to the east, we have Minnesota.  Our news entities, seem to cover the four state area, so I will watch for the other states too.
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Thanks, it seems local news is going to be the only coverage. And if it is on loal tv the stories are not transcribed and never make it to the net.
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On our local news last night, we now have 6 cases of mumps in our county in OK, none have had to be hospitalized so far. Seems as though they vacationed in Iowa and brought it back with them.
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Thanks for the post. We will add 6 OK cases to map. Seems like your starnd is mild if no hospitalization, although I am unclear what benefit comes from hospitalization as opposed to home care with medicine.
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Another mumps case in South Dakota
4/25/2006

New Mumps Case Confirmed In Mitchell


Mitchell School Superintendent Joe Graves says a student in the district has been diagnosed with mumps and is quarantined. He says a mailing to parents spells out the situation and provides information about the disease.

There have been mumps cases in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. The state Health Department says the first confirmed case in South Dakota came last week in a student at Dakota State University.

South Dakota health officials have been on the alert, watching for the spread of mumps from Iowa to KELOLAND. Tonight on HealthBeat, Jaine Andrews talks with officials in Pierre about their efforts to control the disease.
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Regents take step to ward off mumps on campus

BY TERRY WOSTER
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April 25, 2006


PIERRE – Faced with a confirmed case of mumps on one campus and the threat of an outbreak at other universities, South Dakota’s Board of Regents adopted an interim policy this afternoon that gives them power to bar from campus students, faculty and staff who can’t document that they’ve been vaccinated or are immune.

The action gives the board and its public universities authority to follow state Department of Health recommendations for countering the mumps, which has become a concern because of a recent outbreak in Iowa.

“We have no mechanism to exclude students, faculty or staff from the campus body or isolate them,’’ Regents’ President Harvey Jewett said before the interim policy was adopted. “What this policy does is give us authority to do that . . . on recommendation from the Department of Health.’’

The confirmed case at Dakota State University in Madison shoved that campus into outbreak status, Jewett said. School officials said a free clinic was being held Tuesday afternoon to provide measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations for faculty and staff.

The university will also pay for faculty and staff to have vaccinations at the public health clinic in Madison if they’re unable to attend Tuesday’s session.

All students are supposed to have proof of two MMR shots before they enroll in the public university system. Regent’s staffers said six students at DSU still are unable to find such documentation.

There has been no such requirement for faculty or staff, Regents President Harvey Jewett of Aberdeen said.

Two doses of MMR are required for anyone born after 1956 who can’t document they’ve had shots. Some blood tests will show immunity to the disease, regents’ officials said, but those test can be more expensive than vaccinations.

Jewett said after the meeting that the effect of the policy will be to allow higher education to handle the outbreak situation at DSU and to prompt the other campuses to make sure all students; faculty and staff can document their immunity or receive fresh MMRs.

“We’re very fortunate we’re so close to the end,’’ one campus representative said during the teleconference. Spring semesters end next month.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I just heard on the news that Colorado has its first mumps case.
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From Wisconsin:

Pandemic Preparedness Apr 25, 2006

For health experts, watching the spread of the mumps disease from Iowa across the country has been interesting.
But could watching HOW the disease travels help health departments prepare for a possible bird flu pandemic?
"It does help in terms of practicing some of the same disease control techniques we would use in case of a pandemic, but it's a much smaller picture than if we were facing a new pathogen in the world," says Marathon County Health Department worker Julie Willems Van Dijk.
While it is difficult to know what a pandemic may bring, the Marathon County Health Department is taking steps to be ready should it strike.
One of those steps is a meeting of health professionals, law enforcement and the media.
The hope is that it will lay the groundwork for alerting the public in case of a bird flu outbreak.

http://www.wyowtv34.com/news/full_story.php?id=40270
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Kan. Boy Suspended for Not Being Immunized
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Published April 25 2006, 3:26 PM EDT


OTTAWA, Kan. -- A high school student in Franklin County has been suspended from school for 12 days because he has not been immunized for mumps, the boy's parent said.

John Brockway told school officials at a board meeting Monday that he's not happy his son will be barred from school and miss his prom and a music trip, just because another child at Ottawa High School has mumps.

Brockway criticized a state form that requires parents of students who are not immunized to agree that their children will be excluded from school in the case of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak.

Brockway acknowledged he signed the form, claiming a religious exemption from immunizations for his children. "If the immunization works, my child is not a threat to anyone," he said.

The board went into executive session during the meeting, and upon returning, President Marge Stevens said the board found the school followed district policy. However, the board asked Superintendent Jan Collins to investigate further.

Collins said Tuesday that school officials are examining what other districts have done in similar situations.

Six cases of mumps have been reported in Franklin County as of Tuesday, county Health Department Director Barbara Conus said, and one case involves an Ottawa High School student. She said all six people either had the vaccination or had the disease before.

http://www.greenwichtime.com/features/health/ats-ap_health16apr25,0,6346957.story?coll=sns-health-headlines
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