There are 54 Temple University-related mumps cases as of Monday.
There are 12 confirmed cases and 42 probable cases, wrote Jim Garrow, the communications director of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, in an email.
Of these cases, 51 people reside in Philadelphia and 3 people live in surrounding counties, Garrow wrote. The outbreak was first announced on Feb. 28.
On Friday, Garrow reported that there were 12 confirmed cases and 37 probable cases.
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.
This is the first major mumps outbreak on Main Campus in at least 14 years.
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.
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