pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

Iowa Hotbed of Mumps Infection

The news has been full of an outbreak of mumps among college aged students. Iowa was described in one account I heard as a "hotbed" of mumps infection. Sort of like being known for the underground???

Well, I don't doubt that we have it. Doses were rushed to public health facilities in 39 of our 99 colleges, and many people took advantage of the help. Here, in our county (not one with a college, nor widely spreading infection, after the rush elsewhere was over, we got it!

One Kid Out

I have one student out with the mumps and a bunch of her friends who are "sick" each day in class... But when I asked, they said, "Stomach." One girl left yesterday for an emergency trip to the BR. When she came back in, I wasn't supposed to hear comments about when her last period was and if she could be pregnant. Malicious? That class can't get along, and "best friends" act so much like enemies that I wonder...

But, one boy in another class confessed to a classmate gleefully that he was going to be a father...

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