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University Health Services Confirms Three Mumps Cases At Penn State

Three cases of mumps have been confirmed at Penn State, University Health Services (UHS) reported Thursday morning.

The affected students are being kept in isolation, while the UHS staff is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to determine who has been in close contact with the three students.

This is the second time this year that a mumps outbreak has been reported on campus. In April, two students had confirmed cases of the mumps, while outbreaks of the disease were also reported in spring 2017 and 2018 as well.

Mumps is an infectious disease spread through saliva and respiratory secretions. People with mumps are considered infectious from two days before swelling through five days after the swelling starts.

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

More information about mumps, its symptoms, and vaccinations against the disease can be found here.

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