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No mumps cases at Purdue University

Purdue University spokesman Tim Doty confirmed Monday that Purdue does not have any cases of mumps or measles.

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 10:57 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2019 11:24 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue University spokesman Tim Doty confirmed Monday that Purdue does not have any cases of mumps or measles.

That's significant because the previous mumps outbreak at Indiana university in 2016 spread to other Indiana colleges including Butler, IUPUI and Purdue.

Indiana State Department's Health commissioner was at Purdue Monday.

News 18 was able to chat with her and ask about the viral disease and what would Purdue do if presented with an outbreak. 

She said it is more likely for the viral disease to occur in colleges because of the tight living quarters like in dorms or Greek houses.

Mumps has an 88 percent protective rate from the vaccine.

But she added if you have already been vaccinated, getting a booster won't necessarily help.

"They might offer a booster, but that is only effective for about one month and then their immunity tends to go back to what their immunity was before they got that boosters," said Dr. Kristina Box. "So it's really not long-term helpful."

Mumps is more dangerous in kids, so Dr.Box says vaccines are crucial to preventing the disease.

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