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New cases of mumps confirmed in Nova Scotia

By Brandigal (Donna)     Apr 2, 2007 in Health
24 people have been infected with Mumps in an outbreak that started mid February. 13 of the 24 have been confirmed in the last week.
13 new cases have been confirmed of people infected with Mumps.
The problem with mumps is that people do not know they have them and are infecting others with the virus. Once exposed to the virus it takes 16 to 18 days before symptoms show. People who have mumps are most contagious from 2 days before symptoms begin to 6 days after they end. The virus can also spread from people who are infected but have no symptoms.
Mumps are the swelling of the salivary glands. Those infected with it are not sick long and have a high fever but the swelling is painful. However it can cause sterility and lead to serious illnesses like meningitis and encephalitis.
Dalhousie University has posted hot pink notes around the school advising students to visit the schools health services if they show symptoms and to isolate themselves because some cases have been students at the University but it is not centered around the school.
An elementary school also sent home notes to parents saying that some students may have been exposed to the mumps at a school lunch program last week.
Children have been vaccinated since 1976 for measles-mumps-rubella and in 1996 a 2nd dose for preschool-aged children was added.
In 2005, they had 32 people come down with Mumps and all 32 had been vaccinated as a child.
Those that did not have a vaccination as a child before it was developed probably had the mumps and now have an resistance to the virus.
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