4/16/19 There have been 146 cases of mumps at Temple University, fewer than 10 are active at this time. Mumps cases are also being reported at Drexel University, West Chester University, 3 at University of Pennsylvania, and 3 at Penn State University. Mumps has been reported at Abington Senior High School and  North Wales Elementary School as well. Similar large outbreaks on college campuses have resulted in ongoing transmission for several weeks to months.  Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms begin with fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and decreased appetite. Swollen salivary glands then develop. Protect yourself from  the mumps virus with the MMR vaccine. Decrease the spread of the virus by practicing good hand washing, avoid touching your face, frequently disinfecting surfaces of your room, and covering your cough.

Signs and Symptoms of Mumps:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swollen, tender salivary glands under one or both ears

Some people infected with mumps have mild or no signs or symptoms. When symptoms do develop, they usually appear about two to three weeks after exposure to the virus.

Transmission:

Mumps spreads easily through coughing, sneezing or talking. It can also be spread through sharing cups, eating utensils and touching objects with unwashed hands. Mumps is highly contagious for about nine days after symptoms appear.

Please see the CDC’s website for more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html

Please call the Student Health Center @ 610-660-1175 or your Primary Care Physician if you develop symptoms, think you have been exposed to someone with mumps, or have any questions.