Syracuse University mumps outbreak up to 37 cases, 76 more suspected

Health officials with Syracuse (N.Y.) University on Nov. 3 increased the number of confirmed cases related to an ongoing mumps outbreak among students to 37, marking a 13-case increase since Oct. 13, according to a report from Syracuse.com.

Officials also reported 76 probable cases linked to the outbreak, which started in August. In October, the university began offering previously vaccinated students a third dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to safeguard against potential waning immunity. More than 4,300 Syracuse students have received the third MMR dose.

The mumps can cause painful, swollen salivary glands. It is a highly contagious illness transmitted by person-to-person contact and is typically accompanied by initial symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.

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