There has been another outbreak of mumps infection reported on the Harvard University’s campus. From Harvard, the disease spread to Cambridge. Last spring, Harvard registered a mumps infection which affected approximately 60 people. Dr. Paul J. Barreira, who is the director of the Harvard University Health Services, argued that only four cases were confirmed back then.
Now, after only a few months since the last outbreak, mumps has started spreading again infecting more and more students. Lately, nine persons were diagnosed with this disease at Tufts University, Medford, situated in the vicinity of Harvard. Based on the data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 221 mumps infections were confirmed in Massachusetts on November 12.
This is only one of the six states which registered more than a hundred cases. If you are not aware how this type of illness spreads, then you should take into consideration the advice of the experts. Mumps is a disease which spreads to saliva or other secretions from the nose, throat or mouth of an infected individual. This could happen when the affected person sneezes, coughs or speaks. As long as a person is infected, her or his personal items likes cups or cans, are affected too, carrying the dangerous virus.
If the infected items get to be shared by others, then they will be at risk of infection. Usually, the symptoms of this disease usually appear after about 16-18 days from the infection. The period of facing the symptoms of the illness can vary from 12 to 25 days. This illness is considered by specialists to be a mild one, but if not treated in time, it can cause severe complications.
One of the most common adverse symptoms is the inflammation of the testicles in boys who have already reached puberty. This type of sign had very rarely led to infertility problems. Specialists have also presented a range of rare side effects like brain swelling, but also inflammations of the tissue around the spinal cord and the brain. Women who have reached puberty could experience breasts swelling and ovaries inflammation.
To prevent this disease, every individual needs to be vaccinated with no less than two doses of the MMR treatment. Fortunately for them, those people born before 1957 can be considered immune to mumps infection due to the high rates of infection present before that year.
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