Mumps - a contagious viral infection that causes swelling of the glands - has been in the news this week following a confirmed outbreak at two universities. A total of 223 suspected cases were reported, with 40 confirmed, across Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham. That has now risen to 241 suspected cases with 51 confirmed by Public Health England (PHE). BBC News has taken a look at why this is and whether university students are still at risk. The numbers seem particularly high in Nottingham.
Three babies in Johnson County, Kansas, contracted measles after going to the same daycare center, making them the first reported cases of the viral infection in the state this year. The Johnson County Health Department said Tuesday that the three infants, all under a year old, were too young to be vaccinated for the disease. "In order to prevent the spread of measles, the affected children and others they have come in contact with have been excluded from the child care facility for 21 days following the last exposure to the disease, as per the Kansas Administrative Regulation 28-1-6. Any child that has been exposed to measles should not attend any childcare facility or school. This protects the community from further spread," the department said in a statement Tuesday.
New Jersey residents were warned of measles exposure after two infected people visited several places, including Newark Airport, health officials said. New Jersey residents may have been exposed to measles after two people with the virus visited several places, including Newark Liberty International Airport, in recent weeks, the state's health officials announced. New Jersey Department of Health said a person with measles stopped in New Jersey on April 30 while on a tour bus traveling from Niagara Falls, New York to Washington, D.C. In the second unrelated incident, a resident in Bergen County contracted measles after coming in contact with an international traveler who had the contagious virus between late April and early May. The two infected people passed through several places, including Towne Centre at Englewood apartments from April 24 to May 2, Renaissance Office Center in Englewood on April 30, Columbia Travel Center on April 30 and Newark airport on May 2, NJ.com reported.
Health officials are warning thousands of people who attended a national cheerleading competition in Texas last month to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of mumps. A person with the virus attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship in Fort Worth, which drew crowds from 39 states, between Feb. 23 and Feb. 25. Anyone who was present during that time may have been exposed, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a letter. No residents in Texas have been reported with the disease as of Tuesday, according to the Dallas News. Here's what you need to know.
L.A. public health officials say it can take up to 21 days after exposure for measles symptoms to appear. A person infected with measles who recently visited Disneyland in California may have exposed others to the disease, Los Angeles health officials announced on Tuesday. The patient, who was not identified, first visited a Starbucks on Sepulveda Boulevard on Oct. 16 between 7:50 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. He or she then went to the Anaheim-based theme park between 9:15 a.m. and 8:35 p.m. the same day. "Other people may have been exposed to measles since public locations were visited by the person with measles while infectious," the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a news release.