UPDATED AT 3:33 p.m. on March 15
There are 49 Temple-related mumps cases as of Friday.
There are 12 confirmed cases and 37 probable cases. Forty-six cases are in Philadelphia and three are from the neighboring counties, wrote Jim Garrow, the director of communication for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in an email on Friday.
On Thursday, there were 38 Temple-related cases with 11 confirmed cases and 27 probable cases. Three of those 38 cases were from surrounding counties.
Mark Denys, the director of Employee and Student Health Services, told The Temple News on Wednesday that this includes two students from Montgomery County and one student from Delaware County.
Temple had 17 probable cases on Wednesday and 12 on Tuesday.
“Our recommendations continue to be that anyone associated with that community who is experiencing fever, headache, pain along the jaw, neck, pelvis or testicle, weakness or fatigue sees their regular doctor or Student Health,” Garrow wrote.
The university announced on Feb. 28 that several students tested positive for the mumps. On Tuesday, the university announced it will now require all incoming students to have the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine, along with the chicken pox vaccine and the diphtheria tetanus and pertussis vaccines.
Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease that can be transmitted via the nose, mouth and throat. Symptoms include swelling of the face and jaw, fever and body pains. The incubation period is 12 to 25 days, and symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after exposure.
Someone with mumps is considered contagious two days before their face swells, through five after, according to a university release. It’s recommended that people with mumps isolate themselves so they’re less likely to infect other people.