Over 2016 and 2017, Public Health responded to one of the largest mumps outbreak in the state and county in recent memory, including cases at the University of Washington campus. UW officials recently credited our help for reducing the impact on the community. Said one official: “I am grateful to our public health colleagues who were vital in helping us with this strategy.” Said another: “I’d say that our many our many hours on controlling the outbreak was an investment in keeping the outbreak small. We heard about the large outbreaks at other universities, and we poured many hours into avoiding having 200-500 cases…and I think we succeeded, since we had many fewer cases.”
Kudos to Public Health for reducing the impact of the mumps outbreak and ensuring the healthy of our King County community!