PHILADELPHIA (FOX 29) – Philadelphia health officials say 99 people have contracted mumps at Temple University.
Officials said Monday that there were 16 confirmed cases and 83 probable cases.
The latest increase led to a petition calling for the closure of the school until the epidemic can be controlled.
Mumps is a viral infection that involves swollen glands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides that measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way for people to protect themselves.
In order to combat the recent outbreak of mumps at Temple University that allegedly affected dozens of students, the school announced Friday the free establishment of mumps vaccination clinics.
The clinics will be open on Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th March from 9am to 4pm. in the Great Court at Mitten Hall in 1913, North Broad Street.
Students, faculty and staff will be eligible for free MMR vaccination (measles, mumps, rubella).
"The mumps vaccine, administered as a MMR vaccine, is the best way to prevent infection," said the university in a press release.
"The two-dose series is usually given at 1 to 4 years of age, but immunity may weaken over time.A third dose, or booster, of the MMR vaccine may be given during mumps outbreaks to enhance immunity and prevent continued transmission of the disease. "
Associated Press contributed to this report.