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Mumps Cases At IU Bloomington Rise To 24

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The outbreak started in February. (WFIU/WTIU News)

Indiana University says there are now 24 cases of mumps on the Bloomington campus.

The outbreak started in February, and the growing number of cases has some students worried.

Zachary Crouch says it's what everyone is talking about on campus.

"I definitely am concerned about it because I've heard of a lot of people getting it. Not people that I've known personally, but I've heard about the, like, rising level in it," Crouch says. "Thus, I feel like it should definitely be taken into consideration."

IU Bloomington officials say those who have not received two doses of the mumps vaccine are most at risk during an outbreak. However, the vaccine prevents mumps at a rate of only 88 percent on average, and does not guarantee immunity.

Mumps is spread through direct or indirect contact with an infected person's nose or throat droplets, and it can be spread for up to two days before and five days after the start of symptoms.

Symptoms typically do not appear until 16-18 days after the infection.

The University advises students and faculty to check their immunization records, practice good hygiene, avoid sick people and take precaution in crowds.

IU freshman Jack Ankony says he is taking extra precautions to stay healthy.

"I've just been trying to, like, wash my hands whenever I do anything and just try to stay extra clean," he says.

IU updated their Management of Infectious and Communicable Disease policy on March 19 following the outbreak. More information can be found on Protect IU's website.

April 26, 2019 Update: This story has been updated to show that the number of cases has increased from 23 to 24. 

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