There are 86 Temple University-related mumps cases since the outbreak began last month.
There are 16 confirmed cases and 70 probable cases, with 82 of those involving people who reside in Philadelphia and four who reside in surrounding counties, wrote Jim Garrow, the communications director of the Philadelphia Department of Health, in an email on Thursday.
These numbers are cumulative, meaning these are known cases since the outbreak began. It is unclear how many of the people involved in these cases have recovered.
The university will hold two on-campus vaccination clinics, at which the Mumps, Measles and Rubella vaccine will be offered to Temple students, faculty and staff for free upon showing an OWLcard.
Temple Student and Employee Health Services and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will host the clinics in Mitten Hall’s Great Court on Wednesday, March 27, and Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It is recommended for those who have had two doses of the MMR vaccine and were in close contact with someone experiencing mumps symptoms to get the third MMR vaccine dose.
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 days after, according to a university release. It’s recommended that people with mumps isolate themselves so they’re less likely to infect other people.
Students experiencing symptoms should contact Student and Employee Health Services.