MUMPS:. (You “mumpsed out” yet?). A pre cautionary tale. Gaynor Watson-Creed, MSc, MD, CCFP, FRCP(C) Medical Officer of Health, Capital District Health Authority (Halifax). And lo, an outbreak was borne…. There once was a student with cheek lumps Who knew not what to do with these bumps.
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There once was a student with cheek lumps
Who knew not what to do with these bumps.
So to Halifax s/he fled
To go bar-hopping instead
And so gave his/her hosts the great gift of the mumps.
PHAC; November 9, 2007
In the absence of certainty as to what to do, we will use our best knowledge and understanding of what MIGHT work to control this outbreak.
PRIMARY ASSUMPTION: that risk of mumps and of outbreak required doing something
Public Health Services
Other Health Care Responses
Activity Levels (Operational)
Cases continued to accumulate
Cases became “mumpsed out” – non compliance
Contacts difficult to find
Massive document management challenges
PHS staff overtaken by OH and IC response
Exhausted staff – and new programs and other PH challenges on the horizon!
…We did, but not without issues…
“Thank goodness we have the opportunity to learn these things through mumps and not_____________.”