PHILADELPHIA (WBFF) – More than 40 cases of mumps have now been confirmed at Philadelphia’s Temple University.
FOX29 reports that at least 49 cases of the disease have been confirmed, according to the Department of Public Health for Philadelphia.
Several weeks ago, Temple University Student Health Services was “notified that several Temple students have tested positive for mumps.”
The university warned at the time that “the most important step for community members is to be aware of the symptoms and take steps to keep you and others healthy.”
Mumps “is a viral infection that primarily affects the parotid glands (salivary glands) and is typically recognized by swelling near the jaw,” according to the university’s website. It is “a contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat.”
Symptoms are similar to the flu “and often include tender swollen glands below the ear and along the jawline on one or both sides of the face and neck, headache, fever and cold-like symptoms.”
A public health spokesman said outbreaks tend to be more common on college campuses because people are in close proximity, according to FOX29.