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42 People Have Been Infected With Mumps in L.A. County, Health Officials Say

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A mumps outbreak in Los Angeles County this year has infected 42 people, most of whom live on the Westside, health officials said this week. Medical assistant Daisi Minor gives an MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, to 1-year-old Kristian Richard at the Medical Arts Pediatric Med Group on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. County, Health Officials Say

Medical assistant Daisi Minor gives an MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, to 1-year-old Kristian Richard at the Medical Arts Pediatric Med Group on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. There have been several mumps outbreaks nationwide in recent years, including some that are ongoing in parts of Texas, Arkansas and Washington state. Last year there were 5,833 cases of mumps nationwide, the highest number in a decade, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in rare cases, mumps can cause deafness or brain swelling that can be life-threatening. Most people who contract mumps have no symptoms, or have flu-like symptoms along with swelling of their salivary glands, which is characteristic of the disease. Read the full story on LATimes.com. As of May, there had been 3,176 cases nationwide this year, according to the CDC. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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42 People Have Been Infected With Mumps in L.A.