Mumps outbreaks in university setting continue to climb particularly in schools from the midwest and northeast.
In Indiana, the case count has reached 108, which include 88 confirmed cases from four major schools in the Hoosier state.
As of May 6, confirmed outbreaks of mumps have been reported at Indiana University in Bloomington (46), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (5), Purdue University in West Lafayette (13), and Butler University in Indianapolis (24).
An additional 20 cases unrelated to any university outbreaks have been identified across central Indiana since February.
LISTEN: Mumps in Indiana: An interview with epidemiologist, Mugdha Golwalkar
The number of mumps cases reported at the University of Dayton in Ohio has nearly doubled in the past week increasing from nine to 17 cases.
47 mumps cases had been confirmed in the Harvard community, as of Friday, April 29, up six cases in the past week. The Harvard community includes current Harvard students, faculty, and staff.
Nationally, as of April 29, 727 mumps cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In all of last year, 1057 cases were reported.
The federal health agency says in some years, there are more cases of mumps than usual because of outbreaks. Mumps outbreaks can occur any time of year but often occur in winter and spring. A major factor contributing to outbreaks is being in a crowded environment, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team, or living in a dormitory with a person who has mumps.
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