Richmond, VA health officials are investigating one confirmed case and one suspect case of mumps at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
Mumps is a virus transmitted by respiratory droplets through coughing/sneezing, kissing, sharing drinks or lip balm, and contact with contaminated surfaces. It takes 12-25 days to develop symptoms, which can include low-grade fever, body aches, headache, and swelling & tenderness in the jaw & cheek area. Men may develop testicular swelling.
VCU Student Health says you should call Student Health promptly at 804-828-8828 for instructions regarding evaluation and treatment if you develop mumps symptoms. and to self-isolate at home and avoid interaction with others for at least 5 days after symptoms begin.
The mumps vaccine is the most effective way to prevent infection. If you have not had 2 doses of the mumps vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or are unsure, contact Student Health or your primary care provider to discuss vaccination.