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Mumps outbreak at Fordham University

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 00:54

Feb. 20 - Fordham University is warning students of a mumps outbreak on campus after several students have been diagnosed with the contagious virus. Linda So reports.

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Close to a dozen students at Fordham University in the Bronx have been diagnosed with the mumps. University officials are warning students the highly contagious virus may have spread even further. SOUNDBITE: AMY DESMARAIS, FRESHMAN, SAYING: "I was a little bit surprised because you don't really hear about people getting the mumps." The viral infection can be passed on from person to person. Symptoms include fever, weakness, swollen facial glands, and pain when chewing or swallowing. SOUNDBITE: AMY DESMARAIS, FRESHMAN, SAYING: "It was kind of a shock I didn't really know what they were, we've all been vaccinated against it." Even though it's required that every student at Fordham be vaccinated, this particular outbreak could involve a different strain. SOUNDBITE: DELIA GRIZZARD, JUNIOR, SAYING: "The virus has evolved and I think people understand that concept so if your vaccination does not prevent you from this specific strain of it then you just have to take extra precautions to be more aware I think." University officials believe the virus is contained. But students who experience symptoms should see a doctor right away.

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Mumps outbreak at Fordham University

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 00:54