Mumps outbreak at University of Missouri tops 70

An outbreak of the mumps at the University of Missouri in Columbia has reached 73 confirmed cases. More students reported illness over Thanksgiving break and, as of Monday, are being treated at the Student Health Center, according the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The upswing marks a considerable increase in cases since the university first issued a notice regarding four cases of the mumps on Nov. 2.

There are no confirmed cases outside of the university and demand for the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine has not increased in the area, according to Eric Stann, spokesman for the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The CDC reports two doses of the vaccine are 88 percent effective at preventing the mumps.

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