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Syracuse University Confirms More Mumps On Campus

Syracuse University Office of Health Services waiting room, on Thursday, September 28. The Office of Health Services sent a campus-wide email last week announcing two cases of mumps within the student population. (c) 2017 Sam Phillips

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By Sam Phillips SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) Two more students have been diagnosed with mumps at Syracuse University.

In an email sent to students, faculty, and staff on Friday afternoon by the Office of Health Services, Syracuse University revealed two new cases of mumps within the student population, bringing the total to four.

The email states that in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, the Onondaga County Health Department orders any student who has not submitted their vaccination records be excluded from campus as of Monday, October 2.  This action is following New York State law, according to the University.

Although nearly 100 percent of Syracuse’s student body is vaccinated against the disease, it is still possible to become infected even with the vaccination.

“It is highly transmissible among college students, because there are a lot of sharing drinks, and kissing, in close contacts,” said Quoc Nguyen, Onondaga County Health Department Medical Director.

Mumps outbreaks have been recently occurring throughout the United States, including thirteen confirmed cases in Anchorage, Alaska. Syracuse is now experiencing a mumps outbreak, which is defined as at least three proven cases of the disease, according to Nguyen.

The University is continuing to monitor the situation and is launching a campaign focused on educating students on mumps protection. They also advise students to wash their hands often, and to clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces.