As the Mumps infection on campus spreads, Temple Health Services have released an update on the status of the virus.
As of today, TUHS have issued a mass email to students and staff, reporting that 11 students have been confirmed to have been infected, with a further 17 believed to be infected but not yet confirmed to have been.
TUHS has stated that throughout the outbreak they will be taking several steps, including “updating and educating the campus community; treating and educating anyone who presents symptoms; and identifying individuals who have been in close contact with symptomatic individuals and recommending that they receive the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.”
Temple University will also update its policies for all incoming enrolled students to require the reception of the MMR vaccine.
The MMR vaccine can be issued by most medical practices and covers Mumps, Measles, and Rubella, also known as German Measles.
Mumps symptoms are similar to the flu and later stages of the infection result in swollen glands in the mouth and throat areas.
Individuals who have previously been immunized are still advised to receive a booster shot for their immunization.
Anybody seeking further assistance should seek assistance by visiting the Health Center or by emailing TUHS at StudentHealth@temple.edu.
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UPDATE: Temple Health Services has released an official guide from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
The The papers describe what Mumps is, including symptoms and infection rates and that there is no cure for the virus.
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