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The Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched an investigation into several reported cases of mumps on the Penn State University Park campus.

The ADPH is investigating the cases and working with the university to notify people who have potentially been exposed. The AADPH says mumps is a virus spread through saliva and mucus from the mouth, nose or throat.

The virus can be transferred by an infected person coughing, sneezing, exchanging saliva with someone else, or sharing items such as lipstick or cigarettes.

Symptoms for the mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Nova Scotia, Dr. Trevor Arnason, medical officer of health for Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants areas, said there had been one case of mumps reported in January in the Halifax area and that the person had spent time in Toronto.


The school is urging students and visitors to make sure their vaccinations are current.

Mumps is routinely addressed with the MMR (measles, mumps and Rubella) vaccine at 12 to 15 months and 4 to 6 years. "Individuals who think they may have the mumps should immediately call their health care provider or PSU's University Health Services for instructions", reads a statement from the department of health.

Albertans are being warned a mumps outbreak in southern Alberta could spread to the rest of the province after nine cases were confirmed.

"Mumps is also spread by droplet means, so when people cough or share things like water bottles or glasses or dinnerware for that matter".

The agency said a "major factor" that can contribute to a mumps outbreak includes being in a crowded environment with someone who is infected - including being in the same class, attending the same sports team or living in a dorm.

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