Aneri Pattani // Mumps outbreak at Temple adds to growing number of cases on college campus

Mumps outbreak at Temple prompts free vaccine clinics after 86 students sickened – Mumps is a contagious viral disease. Common symptoms include swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, muscle aches, and loss of appetite. While serious complications are rare, especially in people who were vaccinated as children, mumps can cause inflammation of the brain, deafness, or sterility. It’s typically spread by sharing food, drink, or living in close quarters.

The outbreak at Temple began in late February, just before the school’s spring break. As of Thursday, the Philadelphia health department reported 16 confirmed cases of mumps and 70 probable cases; 82 are in the city, the other four from surrounding counties. None of the students has been hospitalized.

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