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EAGLE COUNTY ” Public health officials say the current mumps outbreak in the Midwest has not spread to Colorado, Eagle County Public Health Nurse Kristin Diedrich said.

There has been only one confirmed case of mumps in the state, and as a result public health officials have enhanced surveillance and testing. The confirmed Colorado case involves a person who was most likely exposed while visiting Iowa, Diedrich said.

Mumps is a contagious viral infection that can cause painful swelling of the salivary glands between the ear and jaw. Mumps can also cause flu-like symptoms and abdominal pain. The virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, as well as through contact with recently contaminated items like tissues, drinking glasses and dirty hands.



The state of Iowa has been experiencing a large mumps outbreak that began in December 2005. The majority of cases are occurring among persons 18 to 25 years old, many of whom are vaccinated. Additional mumps cases, possibly related to the Iowa outbreak, are under investigation in eight neighboring states.

For more information, or to report a suspected case of mumps, call the Eagle County Department of Health and Human Services at 328-8840, or the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at (303)692-2700.



VAIL ” The White River National Forest is soliciting comments for a proposal submitted by the Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association to construct a new hut at the head of Jones Gulch, approximately 1.5 miles northeast of Vance’s Cabin, near Tennessee Pass.

This hut would eventually replace Vance’s Cabin, a privately owned and operated hut within the Tenth Mountain Division Hut System. Eventual development of private land next to Vance’s Cabin may diminish its natural, secluded qualities.

This proposal would involve the construction of a new trail to tie in the existing Tenth Mountain trail to Vance’s Cabin and the new hut location. It would also involve construction of a new access road into the proposed location for construction of the hut and for administrative access.



An environmental analysis of the above proposed action will be performed to assess potential effects that may occur with implementation of the project.

For a more detailed description of the proposed actions, please contact Arthur Bauer at the White River National Forest Supervisors Office, 948 Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 or (970)945-3261.

Written comments on the proposal should be sent to the above address no later than June 1.

Vail, Colorado


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