Mumps outbreak at a summer camp--New York, 2005

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2006 Feb 24;55(7):175-7.


On July 26, 2005, the Sullivan County Health Department (SCHD) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) were notified of a cluster of cases of parotitis among campers and staff members at a summer camp. An investigation conducted by NYSDOH identified 31 cases of mumps, likely introduced by a camp counselor who had traveled from the United Kingdom (UK) and had not been vaccinated for mumps. This report summarizes the results of the subsequent investigation by NYSDOH, which determined that, even in a population with 96% vaccination coverage, as was the case with participants in the summer camp, a mumps outbreak can result from exposure to virus imported from a country with an ongoing mumps epidemic.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Camping
  • Child
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunization Schedule
  • Male
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine / administration & dosage
  • Mumps / epidemiology*
  • Mumps / transmission
  • New York / epidemiology
  • Travel
  • United Kingdom


  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine