Several cases of mumps confirmed at LSU

Updated: Mar. 10, 2017 at 6:58 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU Student Health Center, along with the Louisiana Department of Health, has confirmed several cases of the mumps among the students.

Since mumps is a contagious disease, the university is providing information to protect its students, faculty, and staff.

The school says students with swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face should seek medical care at the Student Health Center or with their primary care physician as soon as possible. The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Students exhibiting symptoms of mumps should be isolated for at least five days from the onset of salivary gland swelling. There is no specific treatment for mumps, however most people who contract the illness fully recover. Mumps can occasionally cause complications, some of them serious. Infected persons are typically contagious from three days before until up to nine days after the onset of symptoms.

Mumps is spread by contact with infectious respiratory tract secretions and saliva. To help prevent transmission of the illness, people should follow these tips:

  • Practice good hand washing
  • Do not eat or drink after others
  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

Receiving two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps. Proof of immunity to mumps or proof of two doses of the vaccine is required for all LSU students. However, the vaccine is not 100 percent effective, and the infection can occur even in vaccinated students.

Detailed information about mumps can be found here.

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