Mumps outbreak reported at University of Cincinnati

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The University of Cincinnati is reporting that at least two students on campus have been diagnosed with the mumps.

The two cases of mumps along with a third suspected case have been reported on UC’s west campus within the last two weeks, Kim Miller, executive director of health services told WCPO in Cincinnati.

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Mumps is a contagious disease that is characterized by a fever, headache, fatigue and swollen salivary glands under a person’s ears or jaw, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The spread of mumps can be prevented by a vaccine.

UC officials are working with the Cincinnati Health Department to try to prevent the spread of the disease in the Queen City, according to WCPO.

Students who develop a fever and swelling are being asked to call UC health services at 513-556-2564 while faculty and staff can call UC employee health services at 513-584-4457.

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People who need to use the school’s health services are also should indicate their concern for mumps.

Mumps has been a reoccurring problem on college campuses in southwest Ohio.

In February 2017, the University of Dayton reported that four students were diagnosed with the disease. To prevent the spread of infection, those students were asked to isolate themselves until they no longer had symptoms, UD officials said at the time.

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