Colorado reports mumps case amid spreading Midwest outbreak
DENVER – A Colorado woman has tested positive for mumps, the third case in the state this year and the first since surveillance was stepped up because of an outbreak in the Midwest, state health officials said Tuesday.The 45-year-old woman from Douglas County, south of Denver, became ill on April 14 after visiting a relative in Iowa who was sick but did not have mumps, said Cindy Parmenter, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.Parmenter said 24 other suspected cases are still undergoing tests.Dr. Ned Calonge, the state’s chief medical officer, said the confirmed case does not constitute an outbreak, “but it is an important warning signal for parents, who should make certain their children are fully immunized against all childhood diseases, including mumps.”The woman, who was not hospitalized, has recovered and has been cleared by her physician to return to work, Parmenter said.Colorado usually has three or four mumps cases a year but had six last year.Health officials say a mumps outbreak centering on Iowa is the worst in 20 years, with at least seven and up to 14 other states affected. Iowa reported 1,120 confirmed, probable and suspect cases of mumps by Monday, health officials said.Kansas and Nebraska, which border Colorado, both have confirmed cases.”There is no evidence that Colorado is involved in the multistate outbreak, at least not yet,” Calonge said.
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