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2014 - Mumps Outbreak at Stevens Institute of Technology

Situational Update

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), in conjunction with the Hoboken Health Department, Stevens Institute of Technology, and additional local, county, and state health departments, is investigating an outbreak of confirmed mumps associated with Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. NJDOH is working with the involved local health departments within NJ to manage the exposures.

As of 04/17/2014, 8 cases of mumps have been identified among students attending Stevens Institute of Technology. Cases range in age from 18 to 21 years and all have received two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine. All cases had parotitis onset 04/06/2014.

Outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated U.S. communities, particularly in close-contact settings. In recent years, outbreaks have occurred in schools, colleges, and camps. However, high vaccination coverage helps limit the size, duration, and spread of mumps outbreaks.
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