By Jamie Aranoff
SYRACUSE, N.Y.– Syracuse University reported that there are now 22 confirmed cases of mumps on the campus. According to the Onondaga County Health Department, another 19 probable cases were reported since the outbreak began in September.
The Centers for Disease Control states that symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and swollen tender and salivary glands under the ears or along the jaws. It is contracted through saliva and respiratory sections and has been showing up across college campuses nationwide.
The University has quarantined students who have been diagnosed and who are suspected to have the disease. to attempt to contain the illness. Several of the students were put up in local hotels by the University. Many of the confirmed cases are coming from the Men’s Lacrosse, and Women’s Lacrosse teams. As a result both lacrosse teams have been shut down for the Fall semester.
According to the CDC, Mumps can be contracted even if patients were previously vaccinated. The University reported that a majority of the infected students had been vaccinated.
For more information about the Mumps outbreak at Syracuse University, visit http://health.syr.edu/news/mumps-and-vaccinations-.html