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This just in: Mumps mania!

Posted By Jillian Wertheim On Oct 5, 2011 @ 9:27 am In News | Comments Disabled

out sick“The UC Berkeley campus community is experiencing an outbreak of mumps.”

The sentence with which Associate Vice Chancellor Ron Coley started his campus-wide email was one that we Cloggers never expected to read. So when we checked our inboxes last night and found that, our first reaction was a hearty, “For reals?” followed almost immediately by an, “oh, sheiiit.”

To prevent mass hysteria (and the spread of the blasted virus itself [1]), the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine will be available to UC Berkeley students at no charge and with no appointment necessary on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tang Center [2]. (Hooray for free stuff?)

In the meantime, everyone has been advised to wash their hands frequently and to restrain from going around licking people, as the viral infection is spread by tiny little droplets of saliva or mucus. You know the old rule: Keep your tongue to yourself.

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URLs in this post:

[1] the blasted virus itself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumps

[2] Tang Center: http://uhs.berkeley.edu/

[3] pixieclipx: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixieclipx/420722521/sizes/m/in/photostream/

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