Penn State confirms multiple mumps cases at main campus

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is investigating mumps cases on Penn State University's main campus.

A health advisory was issued Friday at Chapman University in Orange after four law students were diagnosed with mumps.

"All PSU students and visitors should also take steps to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date, as that is the best way to prevent getting the mumps virus", added Secretary Murphy.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials recommend parents to vaccinate their toddlers. Those with no record of MMR that decline to be vaccinated should not attend class for 25 days after exposure to mumps. Because of this surge, federal health officials are now weighing the option of administering a third dose of the MMR vaccine. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, tiredness and loss of appetite. The State Health Department says it's now working with Penn State and that no further information regarding the cases will be released due to confidentiality cases. "People should also wash hands, cover coughs, clean surfaces, and stay home when ill", ADPH Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers said.

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People born after 1970 should have two doses of the vaccine.

There have been several large mumps outbreaks in recent years in the US, prompting officials to consider recommending a third vaccine to prevent the disease.

Since Jan. 29, when the first confirmed case was reported at University Park, 19 suspected, probable or confirmed mumps cases have been investigated. "We vaccinate against it because mumps can cause encephalitis, meningitis, deafness, oophoritis (ovary swelling) and orchitis (testicular swelling)".

It is passed along through saliva and mucus, so kissing or sharing eating and drinking utensils with infected people puts you at risk. The viral infections are both covered by the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) or measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines.

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