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More mumps cases reported at UW-Madison

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  U-W Madison continues to see more cases of the mumps.

The university has confirmed seven cases of the contagious viral disease in the last few weeks. They all had at least two doses of the recommended M-M-R mumps' vaccine as children. And officials say one-or-two students are visiting campus health clinics each day with possible symptoms -- many of whom were found to have something else.

Also U-W La Crosse reports one confirmed case of the mumps and two suspected cases.

Fourteen mumps cases were reported statewide as of last Friday. That's the most since 2007, when there were 54 confirmed and probable cases.

State health services' official Dan Hopfensperger says college students are more vulnerable to the mumps than others, because they live and study so close to each other. Most people are protected for life after they get their childhood vaccines -- but the immunity diminishes in some people. The disease is known to cause painful swelling of glands in jaws and cheeks.