University Health Services reports multiple cases of the mumps at University Park | Campus

Penn State University Health Services advised the Penn State community to take caution after 12 cases of the mumps broke out in the past few weeks across campus.

All 12 students who contracted the mumps have been isolated, in accordance with protocols and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health, according to Penn State News.

With commencement beginning May 4, the university will draw more people to campus than usual, putting more at risk.

UHS advises the community, specifically those who are not immunized, to avoid those who are sick, wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes, not share food and avoid other instances in which saliva could be spread.

The viral infection, which causes swelling of the salivary glands, is spread through infected saliva. While the mumps can be easily prevented with the MMR vaccine, it spreads quickly to those who have not been vaccinated, specifically in populous communities like a college campus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This semester, 24 people contracted the mumps. Four cases were reported days before THON took place, as reported by The Daily Collegian.