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Purdue: Five possible mumps cases on campus

Posted at 9:07 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 12:51:30-04

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Adding to the list of cases in central Indiana, Purdue University is investigating five possible cases of mumps on its West Lafayette campus.

The university says it's working with the Tippecanoe County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health to find anybody who has been in contact with the cases.

MORE | Mumps: What you need to know

The outbreak, which began earlier this year, has until now been mostly contained Indiana University in Bloomington and Butler University and IUPUI in Indianapolis.

This brings the total number of mumps cases at central Indiana universities to 50. Four have been found at IUPUI, 17 at IU and 24 at Butler.

To prevent infection:

  • Check your vaccination record with your primary care provider
  • Practice good hygiene habits - wash hands, sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow, don't share food and/or drinks
  • Stay at home if you have any symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about the mumps. Click here for details.

The Indiana State Department of Health has also set up a mumps hotline. The number is (877) 826-0011.

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