With 605 reported, probable, confirmed and suspect cases of mumps in
Since the first report of mumps to IDPH, the state health department has monitored, communicated and educated healthcare providers and the public about the increase in numbers of cases.
Mumps is a viral infection, spread by sneezing, coughing and sharing utensils, cups or other objects that have been in contact with saliva. After exposure, it usually takes two to three weeks for symptoms to appear. Individuals diagnosed with mumps should not go back to school, day care or work for at least five days to prevent the spread of the disease.
Due to the length of time it takes for symptoms to appear, sharing information with other states and with those states with recent mumps activity has been critical. Director Mary Mincer Hansen has been coordinating state and federal activities with Dr. Julie Gerberding, CDC director. The CDC has published articles on the
Several CDC employees have traveled to
Source: Iowa State Health Department