ADPH investigating after several University of Alabama students come down with mumps

Mass vaccination clinics can be set up at campuses to try to contain a mumps outbreak

The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is highly effective in preventing mumps.

"Mumps and measles are very contagious the moment we have this particular issue with people who've only had one dose of vaccine".

Federal officials said Thursday that they are looking into whether mumps immunity decreases over time and whether there would be benefits to a third dose. While the vaccine does not always prevent disease, people who have received two doses of the MMR are nine times less likely to get mumps than unvaccinated people with the same exposure. During that time, nearly 200,000 cases of children infected with mumps were reported annually.

You might be wondering how someone gets the mumps.

The Univesity of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Public Health are warning the campus after several students were diagnosed with the mumps.

Even with the large number of cases, the incidence of severe complications has been dramatically reduced, especially among vaccinated children and adults, he said.

Mumps is a virus that spreads through saliva and mucus from the mouth, nose or throat.

TPH said those who have symptoms or who have been in contact with someone who has mumps to contact their doctor and inform them before going to their office so they can prepare and protect other patients. On occasion, mumps can cause serious problems like meningitis, brain swelling, and deafness.

Mumps is an airborne virus.

Those numbers are up from 14 confirmed cases on Wednesday. Mumps immunizations are available at UA's Student Health Center. Some other symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle pain, tiredness and loss of appetite.

Pregnant women infected with mumps during the first three months of pregnancy are also at risk of miscarriage.

The State Health Department says it's now working with Penn State and that no further information regarding the cases will be released due to confidentiality cases.

Dr. Monika Naus, medical director for immunization programs at the BC Centre for Disease Control also confirmed outbreaks in Nova Scotia in 2007 and in 2016 in Whistler, B.C. occurred in bars. If you think you may have mumps, school officials ask that you talk with your medical provider or Chapman Student Health.

He said it's the same situation with a measles outbreak in the province where there have been seven recently confirmed cases in the Halifax area.