As health officials feared, the mumps outbreak that began at Temple University last week is spreading.
As of Tuesday, the Philadelphia Health Department confirmed 16 students had the contagious disease.
By Aneri Pattani
Health officials at Temple University have recorded 16 confirmed cases of mumps, a highly infectious disease that causes symptoms similar to the flu. While Philadelphia’s health department said it expects the number to remain at 16, anyone with potential symptoms is encouraged to contact the student health department.
By Alexandria Hein
Sixteen people tied to Temple University have tested positive for mumps, health officials confirmed Wednesday.
Philadelphia’s health department expects the total number of cases to remain at 16.
The Department of Public Health for Philadelphia said Thursday the effectiveness of the mumps vaccination tends to wane over time so it’s not necessarily a case of unvaccinated people.
Spokesman James Garrow says the outbreaks tend to be more common on college campuses where people are more closely in contact.
The Department of Public Health for Philadelphia said Thursday the effectiveness of the mumps vaccination tends to wane over time so it’s not necessarily a case of the disease being spread by people who are unvaccinated. Spokesman James Garrow adds that outbreaks tend to be more common on college campuses where people are more closely in contact, CBS affiliate WSBT reports.
By Bailey King
Despite its location in the middle of North Philadelphia, Temple’s mumps outbreak doesn’t present an increased risk to city residents at large, said Kristen Feemster, medical director for the immunization and acute communicable diseases program at the city’s Department of Public Health.
The flulike illness spreads easily among people living in close quarters, she said, so college campuses are particularly vulnerable.
“A college campus is a setting where there are a lot of social events and a lot of opportunities for close contact and potential transmission,” Feemster said.
By Joel Wolfram