NYC officials try to contain mumps outbreak

February 14, 2010 5:24:13 AM PST
New York City health officials are planning a vaccination campaign in a bid to contain a persistent mumps outbreak. The city's health department hopes to vaccinate 3,000 people or more in two Brooklyn neighborhoods hit hard by the illness.

The campaign is targeting enclaves of Orthodox Jews in Williamsburg and Borough Park, where the disease has afflicted hundreds of men and boys.

State health officials are also stepping up vaccination efforts in Orange County, which has also seen a large number of cases.

The mumps outbreak is the largest in the U.S. in years.

Many of the people falling ill with the disease have already had a vaccination, but the shots aren't 100 percent effective.