Public health labs at center of 2017 mumps outbreaks: ‘This really could be a new normal for mumps' |

by Kim Krisberg

As of December 2, more than 4,900 cases of mumps had been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017. That’s less than the previous year’s case count of more than 6,000, but it’s still thousands more than any year in over a decade. Peter Shult, who works in one of the nation’s four Vaccine Preventable Disease Reference Centers, believes the last two years may be the new normal.

“This is happening in well-immunized populations,” said Shult, PhD, director of the Communicable Disease Division at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. “So (unlike …read more