College of Charleston now has 7 confirmed cases of mumps

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials have confirmed two more cases of mumps at a South Carolina college, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to seven.

News outlets report the new cases at the College of Charleston were confirmed as of Wednesday. The school is in the process of notifying people close to the sickened. It’s unclear it the infected people include students or staff.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed the school’s first case of the viral disease on Sept. 17. It said the cases involve both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Symptoms of mumps include headache, fever, tiredness and muscle aches. It can be transferred between people by droplets of saliva shot into the air by someone coughing or sneezing. Authorities recommend vaccinations to decrease the likelihood of falling ill.

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