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April 18, 2006

Mumps Outbreak

An outbreak of mumps in Iowa--the largest in the country since 1988--has Minnesota officials concerned about the possibility of the disease spreading here. The virus is spread through the air by mucus or droplets from the nose or throat of an infected person, usually when that person coughs or sneezes or through the sharing of cups, drinking glasses or utensils. Dr. Mark Schleiss, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota, says it isn’t yet clear why so many have gotten sick in Iowa.

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