Case of mumps reported at ULL

LAFAYETTE- A reported case of mumps surfaced Friday on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus.

Representatives from both UL Lafayette and The Louisiana Department of Hospitals Office of Public Health are encouraging all students to check their immunization records.

“Please check your records to make sure you have the MMR vaccine,” urged Regional Medical Director Dr. Tina Stefanski. “MMR, or measles, mumps and rubella, is a required vaccine for UL students, but some people may not have it.”

Stefanski said, if a student notices he does not have this vaccine, he should contact his doctor or a clinic that provides it immediately.

Some people who have mumps do not show outward signs. However, the majority of those who catch this viral disease will have symptoms similar to most viral diseases: fever, headache, muscle ache, tiredness and loss of appetite. The classic sign of mumps is the chipmunk-like appearance that comes from swollen salivary glands.

Symptoms normally appear 16-18 days after the infection is caught.

“If your glands are swollen or if you’ve been exposed to someone who’s had mumps and you’re feeling sick, you should call your healthcare provider,” said Dr. Jimmy Guidry, Louisiana State Health Officer.

“Mumps can be a nasty virus infection that lasts seven to 10 days. The MMR vaccine dramatically reduces the incidence of the disease. It doesn’t completely eliminate the risk, but it’s still the best way to protect yourself against mumps infection.”

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