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Outbreak! Mumps

Originally broadcast on April 15, 2010

Elizabeth Rausch-Phung, MD, MPH

New York State Department of Health
Division of Epidemiology, Bureau of Immunization

In June of 2009, a pre-teen boy attending a tradition-observant summer camp in New York State was diagnosed with Mumps.  That index case began the largest U.S. Mumps outbreak since 2006, an outbreak which is still on-going.  Dr. Elizabeth Rausch-Phung, MD, MPH of the New York State Department of Health, Division of Epidemiology, Bureau of Immunization will discuss the history, scope, unique community factors and public health actions to the Mumps outbreak.  The program will also highlight the ongoing public health response activities by both the Orange and Rockland County Health Departments as well as the rationale for providing a 3rd dose of MMR at school-based vaccination clinics in the tradition-observant Jewish community in Orange County.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the timeline and epidemiology of the current mumps outbreak
  • Identify the community factors favoring a mumps outbreak
  • Describe the public health actions taken and lessons learned