Fordham University mumps cases continue to grow as virus spreads between students

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Fordham

NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — Officials say 13 students at Fordham University in the Bronx have been diagnosed as having the mumps.

University heath officials confirmed that eight students on the Rose Hill campus have contracted the disease since January despite vaccinations.  Twelve of the thirteen students were diagnosed within the last three days.

The school says all the students infected have either returned home or have been isolated from other students.

Vaccinations do not offer 100% protection against the illness.

Mumps can cause fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.  The disease is highly contagious and can spread quickly in normal University situations that often bring students within close contact of each other.

University staff is reportedly increasing the frequency of communal bathroom cleanings at the school.

RELATED: CDC PAGE ON MUMPS