10 more mumps cases reported in Louisiana
The number of mumps cases in Louisiana has risen to 30, according to the New Orleans Advocate.
The daily publication reported that more than two dozen cases are centered around Louisiana State University’s campus, with two cases reported at Loyola University in New Orleans as well as Baton Rouge and Alexandria areas not around colleges.
Mumps outbreaks have been reported in 19 states, and 12 have reported instances of smaller cases. According to federal data, more than 5,300 cases have been reported.
Dr. Frank Welch, the state Department of Health’s immunization director, said most of the students who contracted mumps have received both doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. The vaccine is only 88 percent effective against the disease. Welch said Louisiana residents may have picked up the disease while traveling outside the state, which has high rates of vaccination.
Louisiana State University has posted warnings around campus and on its website, as well as sent emails regarding the outbreak. Both Loyola and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has sent emails to students regarding the outbreak.
States such as Arkansas, which has one of the highest rates of unvaccinated residents who opted out for non-medical reasons, have experienced the worst outbreaks. Over 2,900 cases have been reported in the last year.
According to The Advocate, people who have contracted mumps after receiving both doses of immunization experience milder disease symptoms.