Sixteen cases of mumps—the viral disease that is easily preventable through vaccination—have been reported by Temple University. Ten of those cases have been confirmed by the Philadelphia college, while six more are probable and another is still under investigation. Mumps is spread through contact such as coughing 0r sneezing or sharing cups. College campuses, where lots of people live in close contact, are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks. Mumps can be easily prevented with a vaccine—the CDC says the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is 88 percent effective when two doses are given, CNN reports. There’s no cure for the disease, but the infection tends to move on after a week or two.
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