Effects of mumps outbreak in hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2006

Amanda L. Bonebrake, Christina Silkaitis, Gaurav Monga, Amy Galat, Jay Anderson, Jo Ellyn Tiesi Trad, Kenneth Hedley, Nanette Burgess, Teresa R. Zembower

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Abstract

In 2006, nearly 6,000 mumps cases were reported in the United States, 795 of which occurred in Illinois. In Chicago, 1 healthcare institution experienced ongoing transmission for 4 weeks. This study examines the outbreak epidemiology and quantifies the financial affect on this organization. This retrospective cohort study was conducted through case and exposure identification, interviews, medical record reviews, and immunologic testing of blood specimens. Nine mumps cases resulted in 339 exposures, 325 (98%) among employees. During initial investigation, 186 (57%) of the exposed employees had evidence of mumps immunity. Physicians made up the largest group of noncompliers (55%) with mumps immunity testing. The cost to the institution was $262,788 or $29,199 per mumps case. The outbreak resulted in substantial staffing and financial challenges for the institution that may have been minimized with readily accessible electronic employee vaccination records and adherence to infection control recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-432
Number of pages7
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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