Mumps outbreak reported at Fordham University

University health officials say eight cases have been reported since January. Seven of those cases were reported this week.

University health officials say eight cases have been reported since January. Seven of those cases were reported this week. (2/20/14)

THE BRONX - More than a dozen students are stricken with the mumps in an outbreak at Fordham University.

University health officials say eight cases have been reported since January. Seven of those cases were reported this week.

News 12 was told all of the students suspected of having the mumps have either been sent home or have been isolated from other residents at the school.

Officials also say that the students diagnosed with mumps had been vaccinated, but that vaccinations do not offer 100 percent protection.

Health officials say typical mumps patients are contagious two days prior to symptom outbreaks and for five days after. Mumps is a contagious virus spread through contact by respiratory secretions, such as saliva and sneeze droplets, from an infected person.

Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face.

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