Mumps outbreaks at Bates, Bowdoin colleges in Maine

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — An outbreak of mumps has been reported at two Maine colleges.

The Sun Journal reports two cases have been confirmed at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

A spokesman for Bates College in Lewiston says eight of its students have been diagnosed with the disease since the beginning of October, but none have an active infection now.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is working with the schools on the outbreak.

Mumps is a contagious virus that causes a fever, puffy cheeks, head and muscle aches, a swollen jaw and other symptoms. Complications can include hearing loss, inflammation of the pancreas and loss of fertility.

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People typically recover from the disease within weeks.

Mumps is rare in the United States because most people are vaccinated against the disease as children.