Mumps Outbreak Expands To Montgomery County: Officials


The mumps outbreak at Temple has expanded to Montgomery County, as two cases have been reported to the health department.

NORRISTOWN, PA — Two cases of mumps, which have been traced back to the outbreak at Temple University last week, have been reported to officials in Montgomery County, a spokesperson for the county confirmed on Tuesday.

At least four students were involved in the Temple outbreak of the disease, which is highly-infectious and passed through saliva and respiratory secretions.

The Montgomery County cases have not yet been confirmed by lab tests, health officials said. One of the sick individuals is a part-time Temple student, and the other also has connections to Temple.

The incubation period for mumps is 12 to 25 days, but symptoms often appear 16 to 18 days after exposure.

Symptoms are similar to the flu and 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.

Officials said that everyone that has come in close contact with the two individuals in Montgomery County has been alerted.

The Health Department said they are continuing the monitor the situation.

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