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The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County says twelve students at the University of Florida in Gainesville have come down with the mumps.

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Local media report officials saying, “So it’s curious because these are individuals who are vaccinated, and that’s what we are seeing nationwide”.

Officials say it is still unclear why there has been an uptick with the virus.

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Mumps is a viral infection that causes painful swelling in the glands of the cheek and jaw. Other symptoms may include low-grade fever, tiredness, loss of appetite and headache. About one-third of people who have the virus don’t have symptoms. Rare symptoms can include swollen testicles, meningitis (infection in the spinal fluid), encephalitis (infection in the brain) and loss of hearing.

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Mumps is spread from person to person by contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose or throat. People with mumps can spread the illness to others from two days before symptoms start and for five days after. Most people with mumps get better within two weeks with bed rest, fluids and medications to reduce pain and/or fever.

From January 1 to April 26, 2019, 41 states and the District of Columbia in the U.S. reported mumps infections in 736 people to CDC.