The Department of Public Health for Philadelphia said 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.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Officials say there are now 23 confirmed mumps cases in Philadelphia and surrounding counties linked to the Temple University outbreak.
The total number of mumps cases at Philadelphia’s Temple University has increased to 23. The total includes 11 confirmed cases and 12 probable cases, the university said Tuesday.
Of the 23 cases, 20 are in Philadelphia and three are in surrounding counties but are associated with Temple, Philadelphia Department of Public Health spokesman James Garrow said Tuesday.
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia health department is reporting that the number of mumps cases originating from Temple University is now 23.
Health department spokesman Jim Garrow says 20 cases are confirmed in the City of Philadelphia and three have been reported in the suburbs.
By Kim Glovas
The Philadelphia Health Department says there are now 23 cases tied to the mumps outbreak reported at Temple University.
It’s the city’s largest outbreak of the mumps since 2011, but it may not due to students skipping vaccines.
By Christie Ileto
The policy change follows a mumps outbreak that the university announced on Feb. 28. As of Tuesday, there are 23 total Temple-related mumps cases. Jim Garrow, the director of communications for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, told The Temple News there are 20 cases in Philadelphia and three in the suburbs.
By Kelly Brennan
Temple reported that there were 11 confirmed cases and 12 probable cases. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health said it was now counting the two categories as one because the outbreak of the highly infectious disease is established and the agency has stopped recommending that people get tested for confirmation.
“If someone reports to Student Health with symptoms consistent with mumps we are counting them as a case,” said agency spokesperson James Garrow.
By Robert Moran