Kenyatta: Statement on Temple University mumps outbreak

PHILADELPHIA, March 22 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today addressed concerns about the outbreak of mumps at Temple University.

“I’ve been in consistent communication with Temple University concerning the recent mumps outbreak,” Kenyatta said. “And I’ve been assured that they are taking this issue extremely seriously. I’m heartened by the free walk-in clinics that they’ve set up as an additional step to address the continued spread. If you or anyone you know is showing symptoms, act swiftly. Please visit the free emergency clinic, contact Temple Health Services or your primary care physician immediately. Ensuring we have up-to-date vaccinations is the most important step we can take and I encourage you to do so.”

Next week, Temple Student and Employee Health Services will offer walk-in clinics at which the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine will be available at no charge. No appointments are necessary. Upon presentation of a current OWLcard, all Temple students, faculty and staff are eligible for the MMR vaccine.

The clinics, offered in conjunction with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 and Friday, March 29 in Mitten Hall’s Great Court.

The mumps outbreak in Philadelphia has grown every day this week; the number of cases rising to 59 probable cases, with 15 additional cases confirmed. These numbers are much higher than in past years with 54 cases in 2010 and only 21 in 2011.

Temple University has already updated its immunization policy so that students must be vaccinated before enrolling. Students who might be infected should limit contact with others and reach out to medical care professionals immediately. There is no treatment, only relief of symptoms.

Most people recover from the mumps with no major consequences, but in rare cases mumps can cause inflammation of the brain and result in permanent damage, such as deafness.

Mumps is a viral infection that involves the swelling of glands. In most cases, mumps involves flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, fatigue and muscle aches.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine is the best protection.

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