Mumps outbreak hits Indiana University


(WTHR) – Officials at Indiana University’s main campus say they now have 20 confirmed cases of mumps at the school.

The school learned of the latest confirmed case just before a news conference Monday to give a status report. It was diagnosed by an off-campus medical provider.

Officials said the first 16 mumps patients have already recovered and are back in classes. Three are still recovering and staying in isolation, so as not to infect others on campus.

“We do have some pending tests on patients in which we suspect mumps. We are waiting for confirmation from the state lab,” said Dr. Beth Rupp, medical director at the IU Health Center.

IU Public Health Manager Graham McKeen said the cases have been logged among students in dormitories.

“I know we have some cases in off-campus housing,” said McKeen. “Confirmed cases will be given single rooms with single bathrooms during the infectious period, which is five days after onset.”

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