Department of Health now investigating mumps cases at Penn State

Blood sample with mumps virus positive

But experts say people between the ages of 18 and 35 need to ensure they've had two doses of the shots to bolster their immunity.

If someone thinks they have mumps, TPH recommends contacting a doctor, and letting them know you might have the viral infection before heading to a clinic. "If they didn't happen then everybody got sick".

ADPH is investigating these notifiable disease cases and working closely with Auburn University to contact potentially exposed people.

A Toronto Public Health spokeswoman said 60 per cent of those cases were not immunized or under-immunized.

Pennsylvania Department of Health is investigating mumps cases on Penn State's main campus.

The warning came after exposure to the virus was discovered through the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers. The virus is typically spread by coughing, sneezing or other contact with saliva from someone else who is infected.

"Mumps can be spread easily", said Dr. Chris Sikora, medical officer of health with AHS.




Mumps, which is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus, can cause long-term health problems.

He noted that when the vaccine for mumps was first introduced in 1970, the initial recommendation was for a single dose - but two doses has been the recommendation since 1996.

Signs of the mumps include cold or flu-like symptoms along with swollen glands below the ear, or along the jawline.

Dr. Karen Murphy, the secretary of health, says the confirmed mumps cases are troublesome because spring break is approaching and the condition could be spread.

On Friday, U of A officials announced four cases of mumps had been confirmed on their north campus.

Five of the cases are men with orchitis, or the painful swelling of the testicles, and about 60 per cent of the cases were not immunized or did not have both doses of the vaccine.

A mumps outbreak in Toronto linked to west-end bars has spread to three more people, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 17.

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