In a follow-up on the mumps situation at Chapman University in Orange, CA, the Orange County Health Care Agency says four confirmed and three probable cases of mumps have been reported in students at the school.

Mumps virus/CDC
Mumps virus/CDC

Six of the seven are law school students, one is an undergraduate student.

Symptoms onset dates range from January 26 to March 23. The Orange County Health Care Agency is working with the University to identify any additional cases. Multiple mumps outbreaks have been seen in campuses around the country in the last several years.

Mumps is an acute viral illness. The infection can be easily spread from person to person by direct contact with saliva or droplets of saliva (e.g. via coughs and sneezes) from an infected individual. The signs, symptoms and complications of mumps include:

Signs and Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swelling of salivary glands on one or both sides of the face

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The infection usually passes within a week or two without causing any further problems but it can sometimes lead to complications.

Complications (infrequent)

  • Meningitis
  • Deafness
  • Swelling of testes or ovaries
  • Inflammation of the pancreas