Mumps Outbreak

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

October 16, 2006

One new case of the mumps was reported today bringing the total number to 16 cases.

Health officials say tests have confirmed three of the 15 people who developed symptoms of mumps, do in fact have the virus.

Twelve of the 16 possible cases are University of Virginia Students. The first case was reported on September 22nd.

All of the cases involve people who had been vaccinated.

Thomas Jefferson Health District Director Dr. Lilian Peake said, "While vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease, it is not always 100 percent effective. Up to 10-percent of fully vaccinated people may remain susceptible."

Doctors are working to positively identify the other suspected cases.

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