STATES CHRONICLE – On February 8th, a new survey has revealed that in Washington there was reported a mumps outbreak which affected approximately four hundred people since last October. Mumps is known to be a contagious disease which is caused by a virus which may spread through mucus or saliva. Two counties have already reported one case each while other six counties reported many more cases.
King County is situated at the top of the list due to 179 reported and confirmed cases. Spokane County comes second in line with 158 mumps cases, while Tacoma-Pierce Country is listed as the third one with 44 cases. Yakima County and Thurston County reported one case each, while Snohomish County reported five mumps cases. Grant County reported nine cases and Ferry County reported three cases.
Dave Johnson, a spokesman for the Washington State Department of Health, claimed that if they had confronted an endless upwards track of mumps cases. Nevertheless, until people are no longer exposed to this virus, the mumps outbreak may grow. Based on the data revealed by Kim Papiuch, a spokeswoman for the Spokane Regional Health District, county officials expected this to happen because there are many areas around confronting with the same situation.
The mumps outbreak in Arkansas and other parts of the country suggested that the outbreak which erupted in Washington is still an ongoing one. Dr. Manisha Patel is a medical officer at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on her statement, every year, the number of cases of mumps oscillates from a couple of hundred cases to a couple of thousand cases.
Statistics have shown that during 2016 which was considered a high year, about 46 states and the District of Columbia registered 5,311 cases. Only some of these states recorded numbers which overcame the average number. Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Arkansas confirmed three hundred cases each. Papiuchi also argued that by taking into account the method of transmission and incubation period, they will still experience a few waves of this terrible outbreak.
State officials declared that they do not necessarily believe that the number of mumps cases will soon decrease. On February 1st, Washington has reported 349 confirmed cases, probably being mumps cases. Papiuchi claimed that each county is responsible for its case management while also feeding updates to the State Department of Health.
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