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Prevention steps encouraged after mumps diagnosis on UW campus

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- University Health Services confirmed Thursday that three UW-Madison students have recently been diagnosed with mumps.The cases do not appear to be connected and UHS is working with public health officials to monitor the situation.

Mumps is a viral illness that spreads from person to person through the air or by direct contact with saliva or infected droplets. Early symptoms usually begin 16 to 18 days after infection and are similar to flu-like symptoms, but are followed with swelling in the cheek and jaw.

Students who have not been immunized or only received one dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) can get their immunization at UHS for a fee or from their health care provider. Faculty and staff should visit their private health care provider.

UHS does ask that any students or faculty diagnosed with mumps or suspected of having mumps are expected to isolate themselves and stay home.

For more information call UHS at (608)-265-5600.

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