Mumps outbreak draws attention

The mumps outbreak in the Midwest continues to draw media attention. Authorities say more than 1,000 people have been affected, primarily in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and other Midwestern states, making it the worst outbreak in twenty years. The CDC announced that it will send 50,000 doses of mumps vaccine to the affected area.

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PLUS: CDC Head Dr. Julie Gerberding held a news conference to discuss what the agency expects to see as the outbreak runs its course. Gerberding said the disease could be a particular problem on college campuses, where many students have not received full vaccinations. Experts at the agency say it is all but inevitable that the disease will spread to neighboring states. Release