The mumps outbreak continues at the University of Missouri as the school’s Student Health Center puts the total confirmed and probable mumps cases at 128 through Nov. 30.
The Health Center says the majority of cases continue to have links to students in Greek organizations. All infected students met the immunization policy requirement of two Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccines.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mumps is a viral illness that is transmitted by direct contact with respiratory droplets or saliva from an infected person. It is best known for painful, swollen salivary glands that show up as puffy cheeks and swollen jaw. Boys may also have painful, swollen testicles. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscles aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. There is no treatment, and symptoms usually resolve themselves within a few weeks. Mumps is usually a mild disease in children, but adults may have more serious disease with complications.