The mumps outbreak that is currently affecting some youngsters in
He said that people "are more or less protected," depending on the immunogenic capability of the vaccines they might have received. Dr. Alemany explained that vaccines used in
Dr. Alemany also stated that, from an epidemiological point of view, "being that this disease is quite communicable, we can expect that the number of cases of mumps in
Alemany also indicated that cases of mumps are occurring in several autonomous communities, "since viruses do not recognize borders or geographical limits."
According to Dr Alemany, mumps is a common disease during infancy "that usually does not necessitate hospitalisation and can be treated at home with plenty of rest, lots of non-acidic fluids, with use of analgesics for alleviating headache or for temperature control." He explained also that in many cases, a person may have the virus and not develop the disease, or he/she may develop a mild form of this condition.
On the other hand, Dr. Salvador Victoria, Counselor of the Presidency and Spokesman for the Madrid Community Local Government, stated last Thursday [14 Feb 2013] that the outbreak of mumps recorded in Madrid "is similar to the situation occurring in other areas in Spain, and that it does not have a special significance."
According to the General Direction for Primary Care, the present situation is not a general outbreak, but it consists of "local outbreaks occurring in specific sites" in which "timely epidemiological investigations are being carried out." When asked about this situation in a press conference after the Government Council meeting, Dr. Victoria explained that the Madrid Health Council had changed the vaccine in 1999 that was provided at that time by the Spanish Ministry of Health; and he mentioned also that in 2007, a vaccination campaign was carried out in 9- to 12-year old children, "so they may have complete immunity against mumps."
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[Outbreaks of mumps have been frequent throughout
Mumps is spread in the same way as colds and flu: via infected droplets of saliva that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and passed into the mouth or nose. A person is most contagious 1-2 days before the onset of symptoms and for 5 days afterwards. During this time, it is important to try to prevent spreading the infection to others, particularly teenagers and young adults who have not been vaccinated. Normally, infection resolves without complications and provides life-long immunity.
For unvaccinated persons born before 1957 who lack laboratory evidence of measles, mumps and/or rubella immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease, healthcare facilities should consider vaccinating these individuals with 2 doses of MMR vaccine at the appropriate interval (for measles and mumps) and one dose of MMR vaccine (for rubella), respectively. For unvaccinated personnel born before 1957 who lack laboratory evidence of measles, mumps and/or rubella immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease, healthcare facilities should recommend 2 doses of MMR vaccine during an outbreak of measles or mumps and one dose during an outbreak of rubella.
Two doses of mumps vaccine are 88 percent (range: 66-95 percent) effective at preventing the disease; one dose is 78 percent (range: 49-92 percent) effective. The 1st vaccine against mumps was licensed in the
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