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University Health Services Confirms Third Mumps Case At Penn State

Another case of mumps has been confirmed at Penn State by University Health Services, adding to the two reported last week. Two more cases are suspected on campus, but are not yet confirmed.

UHS is urging anyone showing symptoms of mumps, or anyone who’s been in contact with a student with mumps, not to attend Blue-White this weekend to help stop further spread of the disease. Sharing food or drinks is not recommended (or, for instance, playing a drinking game where everyone drinks from the same set of cups), as the virus can be passed through saliva exposure.

This marks the third year in a row there has been a mumps outbreak on campus. In spring 2017, nearly 80 students had probable or confirmed cases, while last spring, a total of 16 students reported cases over two different outbreaks.

More recently, more than 100 cases have been reported at Temple this semester.

Students who experience mumps-like symptoms, which include tender swollen glands below the ear or along the jawline, headache, and fever, are encouraged to schedule an appointment with UHS or call the Advice Nurse at 814-863-4463.

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