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25 years ago: Mumps outbreak spreads to KU population

December 14, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 14, 1988:

The recent mumps outbreak that had been plaguing Lawrence schoolchildren had done the one thing health officials had been hoping against: The disease had spread into the Kansas University student population just before the holiday break. "We can spread it throughout the country," was this morning's grim assessment by Ann Ailor, communicable disease charge nurse at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. As of the previous day, Ailor said, there were 116 cases of mumps in the community, of which 14 were KU students. A spokesperson at KU's University Relations said that doctors at Watkins Memorial Health Center had told infected students to go home and not worry about finals. In town, South Junior High, with 50 cases, continued to be the hardest hit. State and national epidemiologists continued to differ on whether the outbreak exceeded the numbers that would normally be expected in a highly-immunized population.

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