Mumps-like Parotitis Strikes Crew of U.S. Navy Ship

Mumps-like Parotitis Strikes Crew of U.S. Navy Ship

The U.S. Navy’s amphibious warship the U.S.S. Fort McHenry (LSD-43) has been quarantined at sea for more than two months due to an outbreak of a mumps-like disease known as parotitis among its crew.1

CNN has reported that 25 sailors and Marines aboard the ship have been diagnosed with parotitis, which is characterized by inflammation and swelling of one or both of the salivary glands on the insides of the cheeks known as parotid glands.1 2 3

The Fort McHenry, a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship, which is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf, has a crew complement of 703 military personnel, including elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.1 4

Parotitis can be caused by either a viral5 or bacterial infection,6 but in this case it appears that the infection was caused by a virus.1 3 A common cause of parotitis that is unrelated to either a virus or bacteria is dehydration.7 The first case of the illness aboard the Fort McHenry occurred on Dec. 22, 2018 and the most recent case on Mar. 9, 2019.1

“None of the cases are life-threatening and all have either already made or are expected to make a full recovery,” stated the Fifth Fleet. In fact, 24 of the 25 crew members who contracted parotitis have returned to duty.1

Parotitis is noted as a possible “adverse event” following MMR vaccination by the World Health Organization. “Parotitis typically occurs 10–14 days after vaccination,” states the WHO.9 According to the Navy’s Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, the entire crew of the ship was given MMR booster vaccinations.1


1 Starr B. US warship quarantined at sea due to virus outbreak. CNN Mar. 13, 2019.
2 Salivary Gland Problems. WebMD.
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza & Parotitis: Question & Answers for Health Care Providers.
4 USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43). Wikipedia.
Elbadawi LI, Tailey P et al. Non-mumps Viral Parotitis During the 2014-2015 Influenza Season in the United States. Clin Infect Dis 2018; 67(4): 493-501.
6 Brook I. The Bacteriology of Salivary Gland Infections. Oral Maxillofacial Surg Clin N Am 2009; 21: 269-274.  
7 Parotitis. Wikipedia.
8 Unbound Medicine. Parotitis, Acute and Chronic.
World Health Organization. Observed Rate of Vaccine Reactions: Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccines. May 2014.

36 Responses to "Mumps-like Parotitis Strikes Crew of U.S. Navy Ship"

  1. Phillip   March 14, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Hmmm? The most vaccinated people on the planet, and they get a mumps like disease?
    The militsry should do a major unbiased and uncorrupted study on vaccines in our military, to determine if big pharma and its resesrch and development can be trusted.

  2. Mary   March 14, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Boosters can be dangerous as well.
    The crew were probably ALL vaccinated. It might be required.

    • Ray Bortz   March 15, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Yes. Didn’t you read the article?

  3. Marene Mayer   March 14, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you for sending this……….I did see on CNN. It’s sad that people don’t realize these Infections are due to Vaccines……..and more and more information about this are being “shut down”. Keep up your great work………and reporting.

  4. Tracy   March 14, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    When were they given the MMR booster vaccinations?

  5. THE GATOR   March 14, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    “None of the cases are life-threatening and all have either already made or are expected to make a full recovery,”….

    This is the kind of sensible language one would expect to hear with regard to any run of the mill measles outbreak in the United States… except the media’s mission, financed by Big Pharma, is to propagate fear and force-vaccinate (through passing laws such as California’s SB277) innocent and defenseless children with their scientifically proven to be dangerous MMR vaccine.

  6. Kit   March 15, 2019 at 1:37 am

    …and I don’t suppose any of these cases will be reported to VAERS!

    • Eric   March 16, 2019 at 1:52 am

      VAERS is a self-reporting database. So any of those affected can report.

  7. Dorothy   March 15, 2019 at 2:06 am

    “None of the cases are life-threatening and all have either already made or are expected to make a full recovery,”

    Would “they” make a bigger deal out of it if it was not a possible side effect of the MMR? I am sure they would.

  8. Kenneth Koles   March 15, 2019 at 5:43 am

    How interesting. Blessings. OOOMMM

  9. Darryl Miglio   March 15, 2019 at 8:24 am

    It is unlikely that any other site will do the proper journalism to find and report this. Thank you NVIC for keeping us properly informed

  10. redpill   March 15, 2019 at 9:32 am

    As usual specific information is given. So, Patient Zero in this contained outbreak is a military person, who, what? Military personnel were given MMR boosters-when? That would speak volumes. I remember a few years ago an outbreak of Influenza occurred on a military ship after the Flu shot was given,
    CDC Admits Flu Vaccine Does Not Work – Influenza Outbreak on Fully Vaccinated Navy Ship-
    Influenza Outbreak in a Vaccinated Population — USS Ardent, February 2014 AND: Outbreak of Influenza in Highly Vaccinated Crew of U.S. Navy Ship –
    So where are the specifics in this article. Several MSM blogs have carried the story with the tiresome caveat of vaccines will save the day but they are short on detail.
    So Parotitis is a manifestation of the Mumps portion of the MMR which I guess is akin to Atypical Measles being a manifestation of the Killed Measles Vaccine removed from the market in 1967. The CDC/Pharma say that AMS only occurs in people who were given the KMV yet it has been diagnosed in children 30 years later who were given the live Virus Vaccine. Hmm. Parotitis has occurred in children given the Mumps vaccine:-
    Adverse reactions following immunization with MMR vaccine in children at selected provinces of Iran.-
    Esteghamati A1, Keshtkar A, Heshmat R, Gouya MM, Salar Amoli M, Armin S, Mahoney F.
    Abstract BACKGROUND: Several adverse events following immunization (AEFI) have been attributed to immunization with live attenuated measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines. The MMR vaccine was introduced into the routine infant immunization schedule in 2003, followed by a second dose of vaccine at school-entry for children 4 to 6 years of age. The objective of this study was to characterize adverse reactions following MMR vaccination in Iran.
    METHODS: Children who received the MMR vaccine and resided in five selected provinces of Iran were examined weekly for four weeks to detect well-known AEFIs that included: parotitis, fever and convulsions, convulsions without fever, encephalopathy, and anaphylactic reactions. Incidence of AEFIs were calculated and compared among recipients in both age groups.
    RESULTS: During the follow-up period, trained providers reported 792 AEFIs. Parotitis was the most frequent event occurring in 1.8% of recipients. Of 14,109 children vaccinated at 12 months of age the following AEFIs occurred: parotitis (147), fever and convulsions (8), convulsions (7), encephalopathy (1), and anaphylactic reactions (1). Of 29,338 children vaccinated at 4 to 6 years of age, parotitis, fever and convulsions, encephalopathy, and anaphylaxis occurred in 626, 5, 1, and 1 child, respectively; no convulsions without fever were reported in this age group.
    CONCLUSION: Parotitis is the most frequent AEFI among MMR vaccine recipients in Iran. Incidence rates of AEFIs following MMR vaccination in Iran are similar to rates of AEFIs reported in other studies.

  11. redpill   March 15, 2019 at 9:47 am

    We should not forget and it should be posted in comment boards that MERCK the manufacturer of the MMR is currently being sued by 2 of its former scientist who worked on the Mumps portion of the MMR for FRAUD.

    See the False Claims Act document at:

    According to Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, both former Merck virologists, the Merck company engaged in all the following behavior:

    • Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test results to fabricate a “95% efficacy rate.”

    • In order to do this, Merck spiked the blood test with animal antibodies in order to artificially inflate the appearance of immune system antibodies. As reported in

    Merck also added animal antibodies to blood samples to achieve more favorable test results, though it knew that the human immune system would never produce such antibodies, and that the antibodies created a laboratory testing scenario that “did not in any way correspond to, correlate with, or represent real life … virus neutralization in vaccinated people,” according to the complaint. (…)

    • Merck then used the falsified trial results to swindle the U.S. government out of “hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization.”

    • Merck’s vaccine fraud has actually contributed to the continuation of mumps across America, causing more children to become infected with mumps.

    • Merck used its false claims of “95 percent effectiveness” to monopolize the vaccine market and eliminate possible competitors.

    • The Merck vaccine fraud has been going on since the late 1990’s, say the Merck virologists.

    • Testing of Merck’s vaccine was never done against “real-world” mumps viruses in the wild. Instead, test results were simply falsified to achieve the desired outcome.

    • This entire fraud took place “with the knowledge, authority and approval of Merck’s senior management.”

    • Merck scientists “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings,” according to court documents (see court documents at link above.)

    Litigation has been going on for 8 years because MERCK is fighting tooth and nail the discovery process. This is what is denied to families when they go in front of the magistrate from the Justice dept when they file with the NVICP. Families are prevented the legal avenue of discovery from the pharma. What information is in a court document can be made public and MERCK doesn’t want that.

  12. Ray Bortz   March 15, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Adverse event or virus in the serum?

  13. Joanne Mendez   March 15, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Their next vaccine maybe life threatening. All vaccines have a neurotoxin either mercury, aluminium or formaldehyde. I encourage everyone to list those as allergies. Our bodies are not design to take on neurotoxins.

  14. Laura   March 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Mumps, parotitis.
    Potato, potahto.
    (Why are they calling it a “mumps-like” parotitis?)

    • JeNeen   March 15, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Right!!! So… They got MUMPS from the Mumps vaccine! Any questions?… This stuff is unnerving!

  15. jo   March 15, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    so only 25 illnesses from the vaccine, out of 700 guys who got it?
    SURELY that’s a profitable margin, Shirley. And NO instant deaths, for which they cannot sue the government-protected vaccine makers, anyway.
    _ So what’s a little disease, amongst a captive audience? The drug-selling government will order it’s military to take any drug they like. Once you’re out of the service, JUST TRY AND GET THE BENEFITS YOU WERE PROMISED WHEN YOU JOINED.
    _ Has American government failed the military and the rest of We The Poor People? As a crap SS retiree, I got a whopping 2.8% COLA raise, and that was MORE THAN THE MILITARY BEING SHOT AT GOT.
    We The Poor People have failed our military service folk, as we never riot; and my whole life I’ve heard what a rotten job the Exec. Branch Vet’s Asso has done. Politicians are amok scum.
    – In 2007, Army Vet Paul Rieckhoff (Founder/CEO of IAVA) was quoted in a New York Times newspaper column, saying, “The president can say we’re a country at war all he wants. We’re not.
    The military is at war. And the military families are at war. Everybody else is shopping.”

  16. The Wizard   March 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    These people are totally shameless, ” mumps- like” my ass! If it looks like a dog and barks like a dog, guess what, it’s a dog!
    These same charlatans are claiming there’s a ” polio -like” disease called ” acute flaccid myelitis”. No folks, it’s another dog!

  17. Treva Hicks   March 16, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Thank God for whistleblowers to bring out the truth about these vaccines, and this Newsletter for posting the truth.
    Now I have no objection if you want to put that crap in your body — just don’t expect someone who is smart enough to want actual TRUE and FULL facts about vaccinations to accept them and be forced to take them.
    I cannot even get ingredients of vaccines from my Vet or the Manufacturer of the vaccines. IF they are so great and so safe, then show me what is in them without needing an act of Congress… good luck getting this…AND SHOW ME ALL OF THE TEST RESULTS GOOD AND BAD SO I CAN MAKE A DECISION BASED ON ALL INFORMATION, NOT JUST WHAT BIG PHARMA WANTS TO SHOW US..

  18. redpill   March 16, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I’ve been researching parotitis, trying to distinguish the difference between it and the mumps. As usual there is a lot of what I call splaining from the medical complex to distract from the core origins of this infection-MUMPS. As much as I don’t like using Wikipedia as a resource it does state this:

    Dehydration: This is a common, non-infectious cause of parotitis.

    Acute viral parotitis (mumps): The most common viral cause of parotitis is mumps.

    Article: Parotitis can be caused by either a viral or bacterial infection, but in this case it appears that the infection was caused by a virus.

    Acute parotitis is recent swelling of one or both of the salivary glands. … Acute viral parotitis is not a common symptom of influenza virus infection and is much more commonly seen following infection with the mumps virus. Oct 20, 2016

    Influenza & Parotitis: Question & Answers for Health Care Providers …

    So the question not being answered and not being asked by the MSM-when were the MMR boosters given?

  19. Ronald D. Whitmont, MD   March 16, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    “Mumps like parotitis” in the Navy? Our military members are the most highly immunized population on the planet. I guess that’s why they aren’t calling it the mumps. Draw your own conclusions. The mumps vaccine ain’t very good.

  20. Greg Hughes   March 18, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Do we know how many of them had recently been given the MMR vaccine?

  21. Jeff   March 18, 2019 at 10:49 am

    IT’S NOT MUMPS! It’s a different infection that is similar to mumps but it’s not the same thing. Vodka is a water-like beverage but it’s not what I’m gonna drink when I work out.

  22. redpill   March 19, 2019 at 12:27 am

    If you read the literature the common cause is being infected with Mumps. There are other illness that can lead to this but the article doesn’t state any other one. The only thing the article mentions is the crew was given the MMR booster. Considering Merck is still in court fighting fraud charges levied against them by two of it’s own scientist who worked on the testing-it stands to reason without further information that the Mumps portion of the MMR is somehow defective and the crew ended up with parotitis.

    -P.3 Parotitis typically occurs 10–14 days after vaccination (Fescharek et al., 1990). Generally, the rates for mild events appear to differ little between strains. For instance, parotid and/or submaxillary swelling occurred in 1.6% of children who received Jeryl Lynn vaccine and 1–2% of those who received Urabe vaccine (Popow-Kraupp et al., 1986). Data from post-marketing surveillance in Canada, however, have shown a much higher rate of parotitis with the Urabe strain than with the Jeryl Lynn strain

    -Acute parotitis is recent swelling of one or both of the salivary glands. … Acute viral parotitis is not a common symptom of influenza virus infection and is much more commonly seen following infection with the mumps virus. Oct 20, 2016

    Influenza & Parotitis: Question & Answers for Health Care Providers …

    There have been dozens of Mumps outbreaks in highly vaccinated communities:
    -Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Sep 10. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy779. [Epub ahead of print]
    Characteristics of Large Mumps Outbreaks in the United States during July 2010-December 2015.-

    Twenty-three outbreaks with 20-485 cases/outbreak were reported in 18 jurisdictions. The duration of outbreaks ranged from 1.5-8.5 months (median: 3 months). All outbreaks involved close-contact settings; 18 (78%) involved universities, 16 (70%) occurred primarily among young adults (median: 18-24 years of age), and 9 (39%) occurred in highly vaccinated populations (2 dose measles-mumps-rubella [MMR] vaccine coverage >85%).

    During 2010-2015, multiple mumps outbreaks among highly vaccinated populations in close-contact settings occurred. Most cases occurred among vaccinated young adults, suggesting waning immunity played a role. Further evaluation of risk factors associated with these outbreaks is warranted.

    -Arch Iran Med. 2011 Mar;14(2):91-5. doi: 011142/AIM.005.
    Adverse reactions following immunization with MMR vaccine in children at selected provinces of Iran.

    Parotitis is the most frequent AEFI among MMR vaccine recipients in Iran. Incidence rates of AEFIs following MMR vaccination in Iran are similar to rates of AEFIs reported in other studies.

    Acute Parotiditis After MMR Vaccination

    You’re right, Parotitis is not Mumps but it’s a manifestation of the Mumps virus. None of the other illness that may cause parotitis has been mentioned in the articles on the internet and the only clue is the MMR which even the WHO says can cause parotitis typically 10–14 days after vaccination. The articles also say it’s the viral form which makes sense as to why the ship has been quarantined for 2 months.

  23. donna gesualdi   March 19, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Can’t seem to share to FB either…what’s up with that?

  24. redpill   March 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    donna gesualdi
    BREAKING: Facebook announced it will demote groups and pages that are vaccine choice.

    This probably includes site such as this.

  25. Waybert17   March 19, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Only 25 out of 703….seems like a good ratio for a vaccine? Since there are failures with all vaccines, you still want a vaccine to protect as many people as possible, and based on this small sample on this ship, it seems to have worked.

  26. redpill   March 20, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Please provide independent verifiable scientific evidence & data which can prove that disease reduction in any part of the world, at any point in history was attributable to inoculation of populations?

  27. redpill   March 21, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Why is it non science pro-vaxxers never give credit to the most powerful weapon in their physical body arsenal for keeping them from catching all sorts of viruses and bacteria–THEIR OWN IMMUNE SYSTEMS.

    We all have one and with the exception of those poor souls who are born with comprised ones because they didn’t develop properly in the womb or because of a medical issue that ruined it like chemo/radiation-IT DOES WORK!

  28. Sparky   March 21, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Well they need then when they retire and kill them at age 58. Not right they won’t share their records but they want all other records from other medical facilities they send you to.

  29. Brian   March 29, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    MARCH 27, 2019 If Truth Be Told About The SV-40 Cancer Virus In The Original Polio Vaccines Given To Millions Of American Children

    The current “police state” actions being implemented regarding vaccination dissenters is due to the public’s mistrust of the CDC/FDA/Big Pharma consensus science regarding vaccines unknown viruses and neurotoxic ingredients causing adverse effects in children’s health, which has an historical, plus congressional hearing validation, anyone who values good health and well children must consider seriously.

  30. cherry mezni   March 31, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Oh you mean the mumps from the shitty MMR vaccine ?

  31. J Budge   April 11, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    “In addition to making the decision to quarantine the ship at sea while sick servicemembers received treatment, the Navy, exercising caution, also gave all of the more than 700 service members on the Fort McHenry booster vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella.

    “The Navy’s position is that vaccines are effective at reducing the incidence and severity of vaccine-preventable diseases,” BUMED told BI. Unfortunately, “the mumps portion of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the least effective of the three components, providing 88% effectiveness after completion of the two dose series.” ”

    So, the navy states they are aware of the reduced mumps effectiveness of the vaccine, and the boosters were given AFTER the outbreak.
    The above quotes from Business Insider, March 29, 2019

    Glad a lot of you or your parents were vaccinated against polio!

  32. USNRetired   May 6, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    So… Only about 4% of the ship’s crew developed mumps. Mumps is highly contagious and has a particular extreme risk for spreading fast in the close quarters of a military ship. Consider that the infection rate would have been 80-90% in an unvaccinated population that had never had the mumps before and if that had been the case on this Navy ship, there would have been multitudes more cases.
    And – There has never been any claim that the vaccine for mumps is 100% effective.

    • Amara   June 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      Well let’s think on that .. how did they contract the disease again? Oh yeah, from being vaccinated. Face palm


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