Following a number of reports of the mumps in Ulster County, it appears the contiguous disease is spreading throughout the Hudson Valley.

In a recent letter, Marist officials confirmed that they learned of a possible case of the mumps on campus. More details weren’t released.

If true, this means the virus is spreading throughout the local area.

In late October, SUNY New Paltz announced nine members of the college swim team contacted the mumps. That number has increased rapidly in the last few weeks.

In their most recent update, the SUNY New Paltz Student Health Service confirmed 56 cases of the mumps on campus, including one staff member and several students.

The affected students, who have been immunized against mumps, are being isolated for the recommended period of time. Immunizations work but are not 100% effective, officials say.

2016 has seen the most cases of mumps, primarily on college campuses across 45 states and the District of Columbia, since 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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