University Still Reeling From Spring Mumps Outbreak
Temple University is still feeling the impact of the mumps outbreak that rocked its campus last spring, reports The Temple News.
Nearly 200 students were infected with the virus, forcing the university to significantly alter policies it has in place for incoming students. Those who enrolled in classes for the fall of 2019 were forced to display proof of two MMR vaccines. Vaccines for diseases like chickenpox and meningitis are also being further required.
Even if MMR vaccines are strictly enforced, that doesn’t absolutely protect the vaccinated from the mumps. The university’s director of student health services says the MMR vaccine is only 78 percent effective at preventing mumps after one dose, and only becomes 10 percent more effective after the second.
The university continues to investigate the spread of virus last March.
When it comes to stopping the spread of a virus, proper cleaning and hand hygiene can help tighten the void left behind by vaccines that fall short. In offices, for example, cleaning crews should endeavor to consistently work germ hot spots, which often become such a threat because the contact they have with hands. Cleaning staff should pay particular attention to hot spots like door handles, refrigerator, photocopiers, desks and keyboards.
When it comes to schools, custodians should target computer keyboards and mouses, drinking fountains, restroom sink faucets and cafeteria trays for cleaning.
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