For the second time since Monday, a University of Texas student has been confirmed positive for the mumps, the third case this month.
According to the Daily Texan, the Moody College of Communication student is believed to have contracted the disease after being in contact with two other students whose mumps diagnoses were announced last week. According to the UHS email, the student attended a party at the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house Saturday before being diagnosed. The chapter leadership is working with Austin and Travis County Health Services to notify people who attended the party.
Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands. Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the two most important things you should do during a mumps outbreak are: Make sure you are up to date on your MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine should be routinely given at age 12-15 months, and a second dose should be given at age 4-6 years. If you are not up to date on your MMR vaccine, you should get up to date now. Two doses of MMR vaccine are more effective against mumps than one dose and If you do get ill with mumps, avoid close contact with people until at least 5 days after your glands began to swell.