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Mumps outbreak in Idaho

An outbreak of mumps that started in September at the University of Idaho and infected 21 people across the state has now spread to neighboring Washington state, health officials said on Monday.
The spread of mumps, a highly contagious virus comes as a wider measles outbreak has infected more than 100 people in California and over a dozen more in 19 other U.S. states and Mexico since December.
Mumps, which leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands, spreads easily from sharing saliva through kissing, shared eating utensils or water bottles, public health officials said.
The vaccine to prevent both infections if the MMR vaccine routinely administered at age one and five. However, if any students 18 and under have not received their vaccinations on schedule they should visit with their doctor to get necessary boosters. Dr Dunn


Experts call for measles vaccination as outbreak worsens 

"The measles outbreak is predicted to spread into Idaho in the next few weeks. If you have any question about your child's vaccination status, review it with your doctor. We can give the measles booster to any child that needs it." Dr Dunn 



The American Academy of Pediatrics and Anthony Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are among the public health experts calling for parents to have their children vaccinated against measles. An outbreak that originated at Disneyland in December continues to spread, with around 100 cases, according to some reports. PBS (1/25), Reuters (1/23), Bloomberg (1/26)


Stop Smoking Now!

"Again, the evidence is clear that quitting smoking will reduce cancer. If you need help quitting, just ask us!" Dr Dunn

Study links one-third of cancer deaths in U.S. to cigarettes. American Cancer Society data showed about a third of U.S. cancer deaths are linked to cigarette smoking, and researches said reducing smoking rates should be a top public health priority.  The study, published in the annals of Epidemilogy, did not include deaths from secondhand smoke or from use of other tobacco products, such as cigars and smokeless tobacco.  HealthDay News (12/9)


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