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Why Did CNN Rename Mumps?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

why did cnn rename mumps

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  • A U.S. warship, the USS Fort McHenry, has been kept at sea for more than two months due to an outbreak of parotitis, which is swelling of one or both of the salivary glands
  • Viral parotitis is commonly seen during mumps infection, and the most common clinical manifestation of mumps is swelling of the salivary glands — the same as occurs during parotitis
  • The World Health Organization (WHO), in their information sheet of observed vaccine reactions for the MMR vaccine, states parotitis is one such reaction, which typically occurs 10 to 14 days after vaccination
  • All military personnel aboard the ship had received measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) booster vaccination

A U.S. warship, the USS Fort McHenry, has been kept at sea for more than two months due to an outbreak of parotitis, which is swelling of one or both of the salivary glands. Parotitis can be caused by both viruses and bacteria, with bacterial parotitis most commonly associated with Staphlococcus aureous infections. The parotitis outbreak on the military ship is reported to be viral. Viral parotitis is commonly seen during mumps infection.

In March 2019, the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) told Business Insider that "based on clinical presentation and laboratory testing, these cases are currently classified as probable cases of mumps."


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