The Missouri University of Science and Technology Student Health Services announced Wednesday a confirmed mumps case in a Missouri S&T student.


The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the case on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and notified Missouri S&T officials at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Dr. Dennis Goodman, director of student health services at Missouri S&T, advises students to be aware of symptoms of the virus and to contact student health services at 573-341-4284 if they believe they may be infected.

This is the only confirmed case of mumps for Missouri S&T and in Phelps County. “We will continue to monitor reports to determine whether further measures are needed,” says Goodman.

The major sign of mumps is parotitis, the swelling of the salivary glands, or parotid glands, below the ear. Additional common symptoms of mumps include: Pain opening and closing the jaw, fever, fatigue, headache, and earache.

Students with these symptoms should report to the student health center for evaluation, treatment and testing. The student health center is located at 910 W. 10th St.

Any Missouri S&T students who receive a diagnosis of mumps by an outside healthcare provider should notify Missouri S&T student health services by calling 573-341-4284.