Berkeley student contracted mumps in Europe

According to state public health officials, a UC-Berkeley student contracted mumps on a trip to Europe and infected others upon returning to campus, where as many as 44 people have now been diagnosed.

A Department of Public Health spokesman did not say when the student traveled or to which country, but that he said the unidentified student only showed symptoms upon returning to Berkeley, the Contra Costa Times reports. Since the mumps outbreak was reported two weeks ago, nine cases have been confirmed and 35 others are suspected.

A free vaccination clinic held on campus attracted long lines on Friday and the university said it planned to add another clinic this week at the student health center. Students living in group housing, such as dormitories, will be given priority at this week's clinic. The school has urged students and employees to get an additional measles, mumps and rubella vaccination, regardless of how many they have had in the past.

Mumps are rare and this is believed to be Berkeley's largest outbreak ever. College students living in tight quarters are particularly susceptible to the disease, according to the Contra Costa Times.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face. Most people with mumps fully recover but the disease can occasionally lead to complications, such as inflammation of the brain and temporary or permanent deafness.