COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOX/AP) (UPDATED 8:15 a.m.) The University of Missouri is urging student groups to halt some social events as the number of mumps cases continues to rise.

University spokesman Christian Basi said Thursday that “for the safety of our students and university community” the school has called off a late night breakfast during finals week that typically draws from 1,500 to 2,000 students, plus faculty and staff. Finals begin Dec. 12.

He said the school also is urging student groups to consider canceling or postponing other social events. Most of the cases are linked to students in fraternities and sororities.

The outbreak began in early November with four confirmed cases on the Columbia, Missouri campus. The Student Health Center reported the latest numbers Wednesday.

SLU Care pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital told KMOX there are a few ways to help prevent it from spreading:

“If you are in a household with someone who has mumps, don’t share their glass, don’t share their utensils,” Haller says.

And for the person already with symptoms of mumps, Haller says they need to play it safe and help others by sneezing into a handkerchief and always washing your hands.

Mumps is a viral infection that causes swelling in the salivary glands and cheeks. The university is among several across the nation Harvard and Tufts among them that has grappled with outbreaks this year.

Although mumps outbreaks haven’t been common in the U.S. since routine vaccinations began, there has been a rise this year, according to the CDC. As of Nov. 5, 2,879 mumps cases had been reported nationwide since the beginning of the year more than twice as many as in all of 2015.

All infected University of Missouri students received the required two doses of a vaccine that protects against mumps, as well as measles and rubella. But the vaccine doesn’t prevent all infections and anyone with symptoms is asked to stay at home.

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Comments (13)
  1. Admin-c says:

    “mumps outbreaks haven’t been common in the U.S. since routine vaccinations began” Perhaps someone should delve into the question WHY they are now common when they hadn’t been in the past? Hmmmm…..I wonder.

  2. Tod Perry says:

    Notice they intentionally left out that Most if not all of those infected were vaccinated before the outbreak and just like the other outbreaks was caused by the vaccines themselves that are using LIVE viruses.
    If people took the time to read the vaccine inserts you would find it states that is CAN cause the very same things it supposed to stop.
    –While those vaccinated continue to get infected you will find MOST if not ALL of those uninfected were NOT vaccinated.
    –How many outbreaks and deaths must Americans go through before they stop intentionally infecting themselves with these vaccines?
    –We have only the parents to blame for allowing these poisons to be injected into their children.

    1. Dave Gardner says:

      On vaccine effectiveness, let us assume the following facts (and I know what assuming does)
      1: Disease XY is 75% contagious, meaning that 75% of non immune persons exposed to the disease will become infected.
      2: A vaccine is 95% effective, thus providing immunity to 95% of those vaccinated.
      3: In this example I will disregard “Herd Immunity” for transmission purposes.
      4: total sample size shall be 1,050 of which 1000 are vaccinated.
      5: 1000 vaccinated persons are exposed to disease XY, a total of 50 persons from the vaccinated group contracted the disease
      6: 50 unvaccinated persons were exposed to the disease, 38 persons (total rounded to the nearest whole person) contracted the disease
      7: Utilizing these numbers you can “prove” that vaccination does not work because more vaccinated persons contracted the infection, however it requires a total disregard of the facts concerning the disproportionate sample sizes.

      Do the math yourself this statement is correct, or you can use the percentages from the DCD
      “Two doses of mumps vaccine are 88% (range 66% to 95%) effective at preventing the disease; one dose is 78% range (49% to 91%) effective”

  3. Every single infected student was vaccinated against this disease. Every single one. You can bet that if one of these students hadn’t been vaccinated the long knives would be out for the “anti-vaxxers”. Yet all that accompanies this story is a cursory statement that vaccines don’t prevent all infections. It’s no big deal that these students were all vaccinated yet all of them still got the infection.

  4. Anti-racists say there is a RACE problem that can only be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and “assimilates.”

    What if I said there was a RACE problem that could only be solved if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country? How long before people realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem, but the conclusion to the BLACK problem?

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  5. too many tribal or ghetto blacks in Missouri… and to make 3rd-world diseases worse~ you got the entire 3rd world immigrating into America without any screening which normally included a medical-checkup…

  6. hitrestart1 says:

    Seems Mizzou continues to suffer misfortune and hardship ever since it embraced the radical leftist agenda and turned their ever dwindling alumni into snowflakes.

    Way to go, Comradicals. Is there anything you wackadoodles touch that you don’t destroy?

  7. “Although mumps outbreaks haven’t been common in the U.S. since routine vaccinations began, there has been a rise this year, according to the CDC”.

    Well. . . . . imagine that.

    The football team needs to go on strike to voice their displeasure.

  8. Grizz Mann says:

    Any of Obama’s ”dreamers” dropped off in the area?

  9. Jakob Stagg says:

    Obviously a universal background check should be required for party attendance. It won’t protect anyone but it would be yet another government interference with citizen’s lives. That would make the government VERY happy.

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