By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Officials with the College of Charleston have reported an additional five new confirmed cases of mumps on campus, bringing the outbreak total to 56 since the first cases were reported in mid-September.

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College staff have been isolating individuals who test positive, working to verify student immunization records, and contacting students who may be at higher risk of contracting the virus, according to the school.

College leaders say a large majority of these reported cases are now no longer infectious. However, it is recommended that if you have had close contact with someone symptomatic with the mumps, monitor yourself for any possible symptoms.

Students who have not received the full two-shot regimen of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine are encouraged by school leaders to visit a local pharmacy, urgent care facility or physician to get the shots.

The college also recommends an additional third dose of the MMR vaccine for members of fraternities and sororities, and people who frequently associate with fraternities and sororities.