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Mumps cases approach record high in Colorado as outbreak spreads

Mumps outbreak in Colorado approaches record
Mumps outbreak in Colorado approaches record
Posted at 5:50 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 19:50:02-05

DENVER — Mumps cases in Colorado have continued to increase throughout the month of February and are now approaching record levels. 

Authorities say the number of cases has grown to 49 cases in 2017 with 42 cases connected to a current outbreak concerning the state. 

Each year, Colorado averages 5.6 cases, but the number of cases spiked in 2016 when 17 cases were reported.

Thus far, each total has remained below the state record of 51 cases following a 2006 outbreak of the Mumps that sparked in the Midwest. 

Officials advise ensuring family members are up to date on the MMR vaccine, noting two doses of the vaccine are recommended for children. 

Read more about the start of the outbreak and what professionals are advising families to do here. 

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