MURRAY, KY (KFVS) - Murray State University has recently received one confirmed report of a student on campus having the mumps.
Mumps typically causes swollen and tender parotid glands located just below the ears and around the jaw bone on one or both sides of the jaw. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Symptoms are usually noticed in 12 to 25 days after exposure to an infected person. Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks.
The most effective way to prevent mumps is through vaccination. This typically is through administration of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. However, cases may still occur despite prior vaccination.
The university released the following statement:
Several other universities across Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky have also recently had confirmed cases of the mumps, including SEMO with 51 cases reported on April 18.