In a health update today from Kim L. Miller, MD, Executive Director, University Health Services at the University of Cincinnati, two confirmed and one suspected mumps cases have been reported on the school’s West Campus in the last two weeks.
Symptoms of mumps may include fever, headache, fatigue and swollen, tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw and on the cheeks. Symptoms typically appear two to four weeks after exposure. Most people with mumps make a full recovery after a few weeks. Return to school is allowed after five days of isolation.
Mumps is spread like other viruses — via saliva or mucous from the mouth, nose or throat. An infected person can transmit the infection by coughing, sneezing, sharing items such as cups or beverages, intimate contact or by touching surfaces with unwashed hands. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent spreading illness.
Dr Miller advises if you develop a fever and swelling at the cheeks, please contact your physician to make an appointment as soon as possible.