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I.U. reports 20 mumps cases on Bloomington campus

Posted at 4:33 PM, Apr 22, 2019

BLOOMINGTON — State and campus health officials say there have been no major complications resulting from the latest outbreak of mumps on the Bloomington campus.

20 I.U. students have come down with mumps this year — 17 of them diagnosed at the university's health center and three others went to off-campus doctors.

Those figures were released at a Monday news conference in Bloomington.

Most of the students are back in class, with three others in isolation.

The school is also awaiting results of additional tests for cases that are suspected to be mumps.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mumps is a viral infection that mostly affects saliva-producing glands that are located near the ears and causes swelling in one or both of these glands.

Mumps cases in the U.S. have dropped dramatically since the mumps vaccination became routine.

However, the number of outbreaks has crept up in recent years, and tend to occur in close-contact settings such as schools or college campuses.

IU officials set up a webpage for the campus community to learn about the mumps and the latest number of cases.