Mumps Outbreak on Several Maine College Campuses

Bowdoin and Bates colleges have experienced an outbreak of mumps this fall, officials said Friday.

Eight students at Bates College in Lewiston have been diagnosed with mumps since early October, but they have recovered and the college does not have any current active cases, according to a spokesman.

The outbreak is the first time campus health officials can recall students with mumps in more than 30 years, according to Bates spokesman Kent Fisher.

Bowdoin, which has two confirmed cases, hasn’t had a previous case since 2007, when an employee was diagnosed.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is working with the schools on the outbreak.  Read more >>