IU Bloomington confirms a 17th case of mumps

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) – Indiana University confirms 17 cases of mumps now, with nine of those being linked to one fraternity.

That comes after another student was checked this morning and found to have the virus.

On April 4, the university confirmed six cases and warned that the number could grow - and it did.

When those six cases were confirmed, IU spokesman Chuck Carney said all but one of the students infected with the virus lived off-campus, in a fraternity house.

Now that number has grown to nine students in that one fraternity house that are now infected with mumps.

This all comes despite an Indiana law requiring students attending state-sponsored schools to be vaccinated for mumps and several other contagious diseases.

Carney told Eyewitness News Wednesday that the university has been in contact with the State Department of Health, the Monroe County Department of Health, a representative from the CDC, and IU faculty and staff to discuss the situation.

Carney says they are currently discussing "potential further actions."

IU previously reported mumps cases on campus in February 2017, and IU and Butler reported cases in February 2016.