Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Children's Health

Font Size

Mumps Outbreak Hits New York, New Jersey

Boy, 11, Got Mumps While in U.K.; 1,521 Sickened as Outbreak Continues

continued...

When mumps symptoms do appear, they usually come 16 to 18 days after infection. Because infection can precede symptoms by up to 25 days, outbreaks are difficult to control.

In the days before the introduction of the mumps vaccine in 1967, huge waves of mumps spread across the nation every few years.

"It is believed the vast majority of the population was infected," Gallagher says. "It's not as infectious as measles, but it spreads very easily via respiratory droplets."

There is no specific treatment for mumps, which is why vaccination is strongly recommended. Complications of mumps are more common in people who already have reached puberty.

Swollen testicles, a complication called orchitis, can lead to sterility, but much more rarely than once was believed. Permanent deafness is another feared but relatively rare complication of mumps.

A report on the mumps outbreak appears in the Feb. 12 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

1|2

Today on WebMD

child with red rash on cheeks
What’s that rash?
plate of fruit and veggies
How healthy is your child’s diet?
 
smiling baby
Treating diarrhea, fever and more.
Middle school band practice
Understanding your child’s changing body.
 

worried kid
fitArticle
boy on father's shoulder
Article
 
Child with red rash on cheeks
Slideshow
girl thinking
Article
 

babyapp
New
Child with adhd
Slideshow
 
rl with friends
fitSlideshow
Syringes and graph illustration
Tool
 
6-Week Challenges
Want to know more?
Chill Out and Charge Up Challenge – How to help your tribe de-stress and energize.
Spark Change Challenge - Ready for a healthy change? Get some major motivation.
I have read and agreed to WebMD's Privacy Policy.
Enter cell phone number
- -
Entering your cell phone number and pressing submit indicates you agree to receive text messages from WebMD related to this challenge. WebMD is utilizing a 3rd party vendor, CellTrust, to provide the messages. You can opt out at any time.
Standard text rates apply