NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Health concerns were growing at Fordham University Thursday after a total of 13 students are believed to have come down with the mumps.
As CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes reported, the number of cases was rising by the minute Thursday.
The university said it was notified of one case of suspected mumps reported at its Lincoln Center campus and four new cases at its Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, bringing the total number of cases to 13 university-wide.
Fordham said all students with suspected mumps have returned home, or else been isolated during the infectious phase of the illness. Still, since mumps patients are typically contagious for two days before symptoms arise, others could be infected and not know it.
The highly contagious virus spreads easily from person to person and can be transmitted even two days before an outbreak, so fellow students may not even know if they’ve been exposed, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.