2 suspected cases of the mumps at Yale

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A health alert on the Yale Campus.

Two suspected cases of the mumps reported.

Cases of the mumps popping up in a number of college and university campuses. Earlier this month, Bates and Bowdoin in Maine had an outbreak.

This past spring, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield had eight people come down with the highly contagious respiratory disease.

The New Haven Health Department is monitoring the Yale cases closely.

So far no confirmation, the undergrad and graduate student, have the mumps.

The vaccine has made it far less common but not everyone gets it.

The CDC says tight living quarters are a major factor to potential cases.

“There are cases and when they do occur they tend to occur in outbreaks because it’s a disease that’s easily spread so anybody who is at risk for getting it, and they are exposed to it and around it are apt to get infected. But with the vaccine out there, the number of people who are at risk is much less than it used to be,” said Emergency Physician Dr. Andy Ulrich at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Most people recover completely in a few weeks.

Yale issued a statement, saying students with symptoms will be asked to go home or be cared for at Yale Health until no longer contagious.

Symptoms include fever, headache, puffy cheeks, swollen jaw, and fatigue.

Treatment include rest, fluids and over the counter medication.

The health department says an outbreak is defined as three confirmed cases.

In the two Yale cases, they say they’ll have to wait for tests results to officially confirm a mumps diagnosis.

New Haven Health Director Dr. Byron Kennedy says the best protection from the mumps is the vaccine.

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