Temple-related mumps cases reach 120


The outbreak began at the end of February and is expected to continue until the end of the semester.


As of Tuesday, there are 120 mumps cases related to the Temple University outbreak that began at the end of February.

There are 18 confirmed cases and 102 probable cases, and 114 of those involve people living in Philadelphia with six cases in the surrounding suburbs, wrote Jim Garrow, the communications director of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, on Tuesday.

Last week, the university administered more than 4,800 mumps measles and rubella vaccines during two free vaccination clinics.

There are no upcoming vaccination clinics scheduled, but the vaccine is still available at Student and Employee Health Services at no cost, a university spokesperson wrote in an email on Monday.

Last week, Mark Denys, the director of Temple’s Student and Employee Health Services, told The Temple News that there are 19 mumps cases involving students living in on-campus residence halls.

The outbreak is expected to continue through the rest of the semester, said Dr. Thomas Farley, the commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health on Friday.

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