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25 years ago: Mumps outbreak in Lawrence gets state, national attention

November 30, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 30, 1988:

  • A mumps outbreak in Lawrence had the attention of state epidemiologists and the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Dr. Cindy Wood of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said this morning that 61 cases of mumps had been reported in Lawrence during the past seven weeks, "and I've heard there are more reports coming," she added. "I consider it a major problem." The local outbreak had so far affected people between the ages of 6 and 40, with more than half of the cases involving students at South Junior High School. All of the children except one had been immunized against the the disease.Wood said she was unaware of other mumps outbreaks with such a "high rate of occurrence in vaccinated children," but a CDC physician said that he did not believe the number was out of line with the expected vaccine failure rate of 5 percent.
  • A fire had broken out just after 8 a.m. today at the Valleyview Care Home, 2518 Ridge Court. Investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire, which had been confined to one room. Fire Chief Jim McSwain said Valleyview officials had done an excellent job in evacuating residents in the affected wing and that no one had been injured in the blaze.

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