At least 16 diagnosed with mumps at the University of Pennsylvania


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Health officials claim that at least 16 cases of mumps have been confirmed at Temple University, most of the cases in the city since 2011.

The Philadelphia Public Health Department said Thursday that the effectiveness of vaccination against mumps tends to decrease over time, so it is not necessarily a case of unvaccinated people.

Spokesman James Garrow says outbreaks tend to be more common on college campuses where people are more closely connected.

There is no cure for mumps. Symptoms include feeling of tiredness, fever and swelling of the salivary glands on the side of the face.

Garrow said that the outbreak will probably not increase in number since Temple health officials are told to treat the virus instead of testing.

The city's public health department said in 2017, there were eight cases confirmed in Philadelphia.



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