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Sixth mumps case confirmed at IU, three found in last week


A total of six mumps cases have been confirmed at IU since Feb. 21.

The last three cases were confirmed last week. The third and fourth patients were in close contact with each other, IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said.

The fourth afflicted person lives in a fraternity house. Carney said the house won’t be identified to protect its members’ privacy. The other two cases lived off campus.

He said one of the cases of mumps was diagnosed in an international student. IU is notifying and advising those who have been in contact with these people to get an extra measles, mumps and rubella vaccine as a precaution.

IU won’t be setting up a campus-wide clinic to address the issue because the number of cases doesn’t warrant it, according to the Indiana State Department of Health’s assessment, Carney said.

Mumps is characterized by swelling of the salivary glands and pain while chewing, accompanied by fevers and headaches, according to the Mayo Clinic. Vaccines and practicing good hygiene can prevent mumps.

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