CNN reports that about 1,000 people have recently caught mumps in the greater metropolitan area. Mumps? Wasn’t that eradicated a long time ago? Not quite; vaccines aren’t 100 percent effective and little outbreaks have been seen elsewhere in the States in recent years.
The local epidemic is thought to have originated in a Jewish summer camp in August, where a kid brought it over from England. It has since spread among Orthodox Jews in Rockland and Orange County.
Update: Our own Julia had the lowdown on this back in December.