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Monday, April 3rd 2006

Mumps

An epidemic in Iowa.

CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said the federal agency has no answers yet. But Quinlisk said one theory is that the infection was brought over from England — perhaps by a college student — because the strain seen in Iowa has been identified by the CDC as the same one that has caused tens of thousands of cases of the mumps in a major outbreak in Britain over the past two years.

“It may have been a college student, since we did see the first activities on college campuses, but we can’t prove that,” Quinlisk said. The Public Health Department said 23 percent of the 245 reported patients are in college.

Over 2/3rds of the victims have been vaccinated with MMR as well.

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