Temple University health officials report they are aware of less than five active mumps cases currently, a big drop from a month ago.
However, as the school prepares for commencement and other events, they remind the community because new cases are still being reported, it remains vitally important to be aware of the symptoms and take steps to keep yourself and others healthy.
The following precautions against mumps and flu are advised.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; use your upper sleeve to cover your cough, not your hand.
- Wash hands frequently and efficiently. When unable to wash with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid sharing food and drinks or participating in other activities that may result in saliva exposure.
- Stay home from school or work when you are sick to rest and limit the spread of illness to others.
Since the outbreak began more than two months ago, 162 students, non-students and staff have been infected with mumps.
In a follow-up on the mumps situation in Hidalgo County, TX, the case tally has risen to 39 in one month.
Health officials advise to consult your healthcare provider if an MMR Booster would be indicated. Wash hands w/soap & water, cover mouth when coughing, do not share drinks.
If symptomatic consult doctor for testing. Stay home away from work & school as directed by doctor.
From January 1 to April 26, 2019, 41 states and the District of Columbia in the U.S. reported mumps infections in 736 people to CDC.