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Mumps Outbreak on UC Berkeley Campus

Thursday, October 6, 2011 21:03
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At least seven mumps cases have been confirmed at the University of California at Berkeley, according to reports on Thursday.

Mumps is a disease generally associated with small children and causes fever, aches, weakness, and headaches. It is spread via saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat.

Cases of mumps at the campus have risen sharply in the past week after it was first discovered in four people on Friday.

“There hasn’t been an outbreak in at least five years,” Kim LaPean, a spokesperson with Berkeley’s health center, told The San Francisco Chronicle. There are 13 more suspected cases.

According to an alert sent out by the university, school officials are working with the state “to limit (the) spread of the disease,” according to the CBS-5 television station.

{etRelated 62224, 59671}Among adults, mumps is a relatively rare occurrence but cases have increased over the past five years, especially on college campuses, Dr. Janet Berreman told The Contra Costa Times.

“There’s something about that setting that makes those previous (vaccination) doses less effective,” she said.

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