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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 45 states and the District of Columbia have reported mumps cases in nearly 3,000 people.  In 2015 and 2016 these outbreaks have been primarily associated with college settings. 

Mumps can spread even in highly vaccinated populations.  Why does this occur?  A number of factors contribute to the spread of mumps, but vaccine effectiveness is of primary importance.  CDC recommends TWO doses of the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella with an average effectiveness of 88%.  Comparatively, one dose is only 78% effective.  In addition, behaviors such as kissing, sharing utensils, lipstick or cigarettes can also spread this very contagious virus. 

What can you do to prevent the spread of mumps?  Review your vaccination status with your doctor to ensure you have received two doses of the vaccine.  Limit activity that would spread the virus. 

If you believe you have symptoms of the mumps, see your doctor who will likely order lab tests to determine if you do have the mumps.  These tests are performed by highly trained Medical Laboratory Scientists who play a vital role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Laboratory tests serve as the foundation for the diagnosis and management of many conditions, including infectious diseases like the mumps.  How would you like to be a disease detective?  Click here if you would like to learn more about the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Stevenson University. 

The blood drive at Stevenson University in September was a roaring success.  Over 60 units were collected and 2 units were double red cell donations.  In total, these donations have the potential to save 180 lives. A unit of blood consists of 450 mls of fluid and when centrifuged, it can be renewed into many products:  packed red cells, plasma, platelets, clotting factors, and white cell derivatives. Students in the Medical Laboratory Science Program learn about blood types, compatibility testing (matching ABO and Rh), emergency transfusion and handling and processing components for specific patient or surgical needs. Laboratory personnel in the Blood Bank / Transfusion Medicine areas work under extraordinary pressure at times as the situation with blood needs can quickly escalate – trauma victims, blood loss during surgery, patients with anemia, leukemia or kidney disease are all reasons someone would need blood.  Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine are taught in the Medical Laboratory Science Program.  Want to explore being part of a vital medical team that provides this service to patients?  You and the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Stevenson University- a perfect match!

Wednesday, September 21 the United Nations will meet to discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”.  These bacteria are resistant to all but a very few antibiotics and some are completely resistant, even to our drugs of last resort.  Unnecessary prescriptions, overuse and the prevalence of antibiotics in farm animals are a few of the reasons for this public health emergency.  Using the latest technology available, medical laboratory scientists working in clinical microbiology labs all over the world will diagnose infection and provide information about the antibiotics that will best treat infections.  They provide this information to doctors so they can make the best choices for their patients.  This is just one of the many life-saving roles a medical laboratory scientist plays in the health care arena.  Explore being a medical laboratory scientist at Stevenson University today. 

Naegleria fowleri is a brain-eating amoeba found in fresh water that has a 97% fatality rate.  Symptoms of this deadly disease mimic those of meningitis with the exception of a stiff neck.  Medical Laboratory Scientists are trained to diagnose this disease and many others. Thanks to the skill and quick thinking of a Medical Laboratory Scientist, 16-year old Sebastian DeLeon was diagnosed quickly and his life was saved. ...Click here to read more.

Seniors Andrew Zink, Chris Yabut and Cody Maddox are employed at Lifebridge Health’s Sinai and Northwest Hospitals in the Clinical Laboratory.  They are performing tasks vital to the diagnosis and treatment of disease and disease monitoring and prevention. ...Click here to read more.

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