By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in San Diego County issued a health advisory today due to an unusually high number of cases being reported in the region.
In 2019 to date, 60 residents have been reported with confirmed or probable mumps, the most reported in 25 years.
There have been no deaths; however, six people were hospitalized. Two people had hearing loss and five men had swelling of the testicles.
“We’re asking providers to report suspected mumps cases to the County, and we’d like the public to know about the symptoms of mumps, so they seek care,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.
About a month ago, Los Angeles County reported an outbreak this month in that county’s Men’s Central Jail.
As of November 16, 2019, a total of 3,067 mumps cases have been reported nationwide this year to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Mexican Ministry of Health reported 7,200 cases of infectious parotitis/mumps in Mexico in 2019 through November 9. This includes 754 cases in Baja California, the largest number there since 2001.
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