Update: USD offers free clinic for Mumps vaccine

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tuesday 4:45 p.m. – On Tuesday, the University of San Diego held a free vaccine clinic following a recent outbreak of Mumps on campus.

Over 800 students lined up to get their shots between 9 a.m. And 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials said they are unsure how the outbreak started in the first place, as students are required to be vaccinated before attending the school.

The clinic will open its doors again on Thursday from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m.

Monday 1:05 p.m. – Three more University of San Diego students have been diagnosed with mumps, bringing the diagnosis count up to five. The new cases are also close contacts with the student who initially contracted the rare disease, according to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

Friday 1:15 p.m. – A University of San Diego student was diagnosed with mumps in February, and a close associate to the person may also have contracted the rare disease, county health officials announced Friday. 

"USD has been working closely with the county to notify individuals who were directly exposed to the mumps cases,” Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, said. "The school community was notified when the first case was diagnosed last month and we are encouraging immunizations for students and staff who are not up-to-date."

Officials are unsure how the undergraduate student contracted the virus that causes mumps. Most cases are related to overseas travel, though just one-to-three cases are reported in San Diego County each year, according to the county Health and Human Service Agency.

Mumps is spread by coughing, sneezing or close contact with an infected person. The virus causes a fever, headache, earache, and inflammation of the salivary glands that results in swelling and tenderness at the angle of the jaw.

Severe complications are rare, but can include meningitis, decreased fertility, permanent hearing loss, and, in extreme cases, fetal loss during first trimester of pregnancy, county health officials said. However, most people recover without problems. The best way to prevent mumps is by getting the MMR — measles, mumps and rubella —  vaccine, according to the HHSA. 

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