The LSU Student Health Center, working with the Louisiana Department of Health, has confirmed several student cases of the mumps. Because mumps is a contagious disease, the University is providing the information listed below for your health and safety.
Students with swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face should seek care at the Student Health Center or with their primary care provider as soon as possible. The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm.
Students with signs of mumps must be isolated for at least five days from the onset of salivary gland swelling. There is no specific treatment for mumps or exposure to mumps. Most people with mumps recover fully. However, mumps can occasionally cause complications, and some of them are serious. Individuals infected with mumps 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.
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