Officials: 7 Temple University students test positive for mumps

Officials say seven students have tested positive for the mumps at Temple University.

Students were surprised to know as many as seven cases have been confirmed so far, according to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Most involve students and there are reports of nearly a dozen others who have mumps-related symptoms.

Health experts say mumps is highly infectious and is often passed through saliva causing flu-like symptoms and swollen glands.

The Office of University Student Health Services says to take precautions by covering your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and never use your hand. Also, wash your hands frequently, avoid sharing food and drinks and if you are sick simply stay home.