Outbreak of Mumps at University of Iowa

According to the Press-Citizen out of Iowa City, 30 students of UI had been diagnosed with mumps by October. At the time, 50 cases of mumps had been reported in the entire state of Iowa,  as stated by KCGR-TV9. There are now more than 100 students that have been diagnosed with the virus, reports the Gazette.

The University of Iowa requires two doses of the MMR  vaccine, but are now also offering a free booster shot to students, as released on their Student Health and Wellness web page.

The CDC states the most common symptoms of mumps are fever, muscle aches, tiredness, and swollen salivary glands. The virus is spread easily through saliva and mucus, so hygiene is very important.