Skip to comments.303 Diagnosed With Mumps In NYC Suburbs
Posted on 02/07/2010 8:29:02 PM PST by neverdem
United States' Largest Outbreak In Years Ransacks Hasidic Jewish Communities In Rockland County
NEW YORK (CBS) ― More than 300 people have been diagnosed with the mumps in suburban New York as the nation's largest outbreak of the disease in years continues to spread.
A health official says a total of 303 people in the Rockland County towns of Monsey and New Square have been diagnosed with the highly infectious disease. Almost all the cases are among Orthodox or Hasidic Jews.
Investigators say the outbreak started in August 2009 at a Jewish summer camp in Sullivan County with an 11-year-old boy who brought the disease from England.
It has since spread to Jewish communities in Brooklyn, New Jersey and Orange county.
Mumps spreads through saliva, coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms are flu-like and include swelling of the salivary glands.
Because they fear autism (wrongly) maybe?
Hopefully not a mutated strain.
Doesn’t getting mumps in older life increase chances of sterility...like big time?
“Do these folks eschew vaccines on religious grounds?”
Yes, I know some people who had one daughter and then the dad got mumps and became sterile.
I also know a 30 yr old who just had chicken pox and it almost killed him. He was sick for over 2 months.
Most of the childhood diseases are harder on adults than on children.
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It bothers me when I read about parents having chickenpox parties for their kids or people who were against the H1N1 vaccine or Gov Perry’s call for the HPV vaccine.
Dangerous and criminal stupidity.
“Because they fear autism (wrongly) maybe?”
Many have thanks to the Wakefield hoax.
It really bothers me because many in the anti-vaccine movement are conservatives and when the govt tries to force vaccination, it just reinforces their view that it is worth opposing.
You do realize, don't you, that there is a big difference between opposing vaccines and opposing FORCED vaccines?
While I think that some vaccines are necessary and do save lives, I absolutely oppose the government MANDATING them, all for my own good , of course.
And for opposing the mandatory part, I've been labeled as *anti-vaccine*. Many aren't anti-vaccine as much as anti-mandatory.
Some people are clueless.......
“It bothers me when I read about parents having chickenpox parties for their kids or people who were against the H1N1 vaccine or Gov Perrys call for the HPV vaccine.
It really bothers me because many in the anti-vaccine movement are conservatives and when the govt tries to force vaccination, it just reinforces their view that it is worth opposing.”
These are personal decisions, simple as that.
I have a friend here who was one of those militant anti-swine flu vaccine guys. He wouldn’t let his girlfriend get one. Turns out she was high risk with diabetes, she got swine flu and she’s been hospitalized for two months so far. He feels so guilty now. She almost died, but thank God it looks like she’s going to pull through.
Interesting. From a google search....
“Many of those affected were vaccinated against the mumps.”
And this link....
That’s what I’ve heard....
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My sister and I had mumps and chicken pox and measles as children. There were no vaccines available back then.
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I was against Perry’s call for the HPV vaccine. There is absolutely no reason a non-sexually active 12 year old needs the vaccine.
I have 13 year old twins, and even our pediatrician agrees that we can wait a while before we decide about that vaccine.
I’m not anti-vaccine. I made sure my daughters had the H1N1 vaccine and they get their seasonal flu vaccines because they are at risk for complications from the flu due to asthma and epilepsy.
However, I am always careful to read about side-effects of vaccines, especially neurological side-effects.
My father's brother, who was 14 years older than my father, was infertile due to mumps he contracted at age 19. My father got the mumps from his brother, so he was just 4 when he got them.
I don't "play" around with any illnesses...even the ones many think are just a rite of passage.
I would also be against any mandatory vaccine program, however, even non-sexully active teens are at risk of exposure through non-consensul sexual contact. As much as I would love to keep my daughters within arms reach at all times, sadly, they do have to attend school, church and other functions. I might even let them date before I die. Sadly, girls and women are one of the biggest risk groups for rape, date rape and sexual assault and that can happen anywhere. :(
Bill Clinton feels their pain...
I would not call Scientologists, nor many of the others I know who do not vaccinate their children, conservatives! Maybe you read about a few who are, but as a school nurse, most of the people who refuse vaccinationa are NOT conservatives. They vote for ‘parties’ most of us would avoid.
I almost died of the measles and the chicken pox was miserable. I never had the mumps even though I was exposed as an adult so I could actually still get them.
We are all concerned. The kids got the vaccines, but it still gives you pause.
How horrifying for the community.....
Do you happen to know if the kids are fully recovering, with no ill aftereffects?
I have not heard of any complications, so it does not seem like a mutation. Vaccines shots can be missed, or perhaps don’t work for everyone. I got the measles when I was 18. The vaccine wore off. Not fun.
My vaccination wore off too, and I had a very mild case around age 25.
I heard that it is harder to contract the mumps at older ages. Not sure if it is true.
The Vaccine might not have worked against the strain she contracted. He shouldn’t beat himself up too bad.
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Me too, Donna, and I had both forms of measles back then. In fact, I came down with the regular measles right after getting over the mumps.
Most children recovered nicely from these childhood diseases.
Didn’t the Mumps invade Spain in the 8th century?
“You do realize, don’t you, that there is a big difference between opposing vaccines and opposing FORCED vaccines?”
Of course. But many people are refusing vaccines for their kids *because* it is forced. Nobody likes the mandatory part but that doesn’t mean kids should get sick.
I’m not talking about scientologists. The anti-vaccine movement is very large.
OK you can put down that copy of Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
They aren’t opposed to vaccination and it was actually the Hasidim who employed the use of genetic testing to ensure that Tay Sachs disease is no longer a problem among Ashkenazic Jews.
HAHA! Sorry, I don't read Russian Fairy Tales, especially one so poorly and turgidly written. I read a selection in a history class and could barely get through the three pages of laughably silly propaganda. BTW: You should know already that the biggest opponents of the Haredi "conquest" of Rockland have been secular Jews in New City.
They arent opposed to vaccination and it was actually the Hasidim who employed the use of genetic testing to ensure that Tay Sachs disease is no longer a problem among Ashkenazic Jews.
I know that the Lubavitchers are not opposed to vaccination. I have always heard, however, that the Skverers up in New Square were highly suspicious of vaccinations.