Mumps Outbreak Looms Over Purdue University

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Health officials at Purdue University are on high alert after patients with mumps were detected on campus. Students, staff and faculties demonstrating symptoms of mumps were asked to refrain from entering the West Lafayette campus. Tippecanoe County health officials are working closely with officials from Purdue to abate possible outbreak by containing the five patients with mumps and tracing possible contacts. Mumps is caused by a viral infection and can be transmitted by coughing and sneezing. Therefore, health officials are on top of the situation to control the quick spreading of the infection. Like us on Facebook Mumps Outbreak Reported In Ireland, Over 2,000 Cases On Record According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. These symptoms can manifest 12 to 25 days after the virus infect the host. It incubates in the body until the patient’s immune system goes down. Gail Walenga of the Purdue University Student Health Center encouraged people within the vicinity to stay home if they have shown signs of mumps. Do not risk going out, unless it is an urgent one. They were also advised to check on their immunization records and update whether they had the latest shot for MMR (mumps, measles and rubella). There are members of the population who are at high-risk for mumps. Medicine.net listed down the risk factors:  Failure to be immunized completely (two separate doses) with exposure to those with mumps. Age: The highest risk of contracting mumps is to children between 2-12 years of age Season: epidemics of mumps were most likely during the winter/spring seasons Travel to high-risk regions of the world: Africa, general Indian subcontinent region, and Southeast Asia. These areas have a very low rate of vaccination. Photo: BusinessInsider/DentalTips