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Outbreak of Mumps Temple University: – CBS News



Philadelphia – A mumps eruption on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia has reached threefold numbers. The city health department said the number of confirmed and likely mumps cases at the school reached 108 on Thursday.

Nearly 5,000 undergraduate and Faculty members have used the free Vaccine Refresher Shoots, with more than 2,500 people delivering shots using the MMR vaccine on Friday during the second clinic. More than 2,200 people came together in the school's first clinic on Wednesday.

"It's really scary to me, so I decided to get it," said one student, CBS Philly reported.

The officials are struggling with the outbreak that started in February. Mumps transmitted through saliva can easily be distributed on campus, with students in close contact. And because symptoms take a long time to emerge, the virus, which causes flu-like symptoms and a swollen throat, unknowingly spreads.

"Mumps has an average incubation period of 1

6 to 18 days and may be 25 days," said Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley. "So we expect the cases of mumps in Temple to continue, even though everything we do here is fully effective."

The Mumps vaccine has been a routine childhood vaccine for decades for 10 years or more after the second dose. Temple is considering recommending all students to get the booster.

Farley said the Temple outbreak was not a threat to the general public.


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