DES MOINES, Iowa – The number of mumps cases in Iowa has topped 1,000, state health officials said Tuesday.
There were 1,120 confirmed, probable and suspect cases as of Monday, with mumps activity found in 69 out of Iowa’s 99 counties, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Iowa has been at the center of a mumps outbreak in the Midwest, which is being called the worst in the U.S. in 20 years.
The source of the Iowa outbreak is unknown, but Britain experienced a mumps epidemic that peaked last year with about 56,000 cases. The Iowa mumps virus is the same variety.
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