NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -
The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology.
The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.
The school says it has told faculty and staff members who are unsure of their immunization status to check with their health providers.
Doesn’t sound to me as if their “immunizations status” means very much to this version of mumps at all.
And BTW, post-puberty mumps can be a pretty nasty disease:
- The testes (testicles) are sometimes affected. One testis may become inflamed, swollen, and painful for about a week. This is uncommon in young children. However, about 1 in 4 males who get mumps over the age of 12 years will develop a painful swollen testis. Occasionally, both testes are affected. In very rare cases this may cause infertility.
- Brain inflammation (encephalitis or meningitis) is an uncommon complication. It typically causes drowsiness, headache, stiff neck, wanting to keep out of the light and vomiting. Although alarming, meningitis caused by the mumps virus usually clears without any treatment after a few days, without any long-term problems.
- Hearing loss can sometimes occur in people with mumps. This is usually only transient and usually improves with time. Very rarely, mumps can cause permanent deafness.
- Inflammation of the pancreas, heart, and other organs are rare complications.
- If you develop mumps in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy, it may increase the risk of miscarriage. (However, the mumps virus is not thought to cause malformations or defects in an unborn baby.)
Not to worry, though. I’m sure that somehow, some way, Obamacare will protect us against things like this.
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