Posted: Apr 17, 2006 12:58 pm
im sensing an ambulance will be involved...black hellacopters, Al-Q attack,hopefully no BLACK OUT SARS like from last year, i will get laid..!!
instead of SARS we might get the mumps!
i just saw this news story...
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Seven Midwestern states are dealing with mumps.
An epidemic in Iowa has grown into more than 600 suspected cases.
Health officials, calling it a serious threat, said that although the highest concentration of cases is still in eastern Iowa, the mumps has shown up in at least one person in half of the state's 99 counties
Iowa epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Quinlisk called it a "serious threat." She said officials are doing "everything we can" to get it under control.
Iowa Department of Health Director Mary Mincer Hansen said questions about how the epidemic started and why it hit Iowa haven't been answered.
Other states also seeing cases are Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Officials at Southern Illinois University are trying to educate people about the disease after three students there showed symptoms this week. A school health official said there's "no reason to panic about mumps." She said it usually resolves itself.
The mumps outbreak is the nation's first in 20 years. Mumps is an illness caused by a virus and spread by coughing and sneezing. The most common symptoms are fever, headache and swollen salivary glands under the jaw, but it can be more serious.
Health officials said two infected airline passengers may have helped spread Iowa's mumps epidemic to other Midwestern states.
The spread illustrates how quickly disease can spread through air travel.
Kansas officials say that as of Thursday, the state had 66 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of mumps -- compared with 48 the day before.
The Iowa health department identified two people who were potentially infectious when they were traveling in late March and early April.
Officials in other states have not yet linked any cases to the air travelers. But because the illness' incubation is two to three weeks, cases may not begin appearing until about now.
605 cases in Iowa, 43 in Nebraska, 66 in Kansas.
Four each in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, one in Minnesota.
The United States' first mumps epidemic in 20 years.
Possibly two air travelers.
One thinks may have picked up mumps in Dominican Republic.
She shook hands with two senators while in Washington.
Developed scratchy throat upon her return home.
Many people may have been exposed in airports, elsewhere.
CDC sent advisory to state health departments.
Advisory warns how easily disease can be spread by planes.
Caused by virus spread by coughing and sneezing.
Most common symptoms include fever and headache.
Key symptom: swollen salivary glands under jaw.
Can lead to more severe problems, including hearing loss.
Other possibilities: meningitis and swollen testicles.
Swollen testicles can diminish fertility.
No specific treatment besides controlling symptoms.
Two doses, recommended for all children.
Vaccine highly, but not completely, effective.