Fordham University students sent home, quarantined after mumps outbreak at school

An email to the students warned them of the outbreak.

An email to the students warned them of the outbreak. (2/20/14)

THE BRONX - Several Fordham University students have been sent home or quarantined after a mumps outbreak.

In an email to the students, the university's health services says at least 10 students were infected in January and February.

Some Fordham students told News 12 that they are worried about the illness spreading.

Dr. David Listman, from St. Barnabas, says a mumps vaccination does not make people immune to the ailment. He also says that it is a self-resolving illness, meaning it will get better on its own over a few days.

The mumps spreads by contact with respiratory secretions such as saliva. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw.

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