May 9, 2014
A confirmed case of mumps has been identified in a Marquette University student. The Marquette University Medical Clinic is working closely with the City of Milwaukee Health Department to initiate the appropriate follow-up investigation with close contacts of the case. Across the state there have been more than 20 cases reported in 2014.
Marquette University Medical Clinic is encouraging all community members to take the following steps to stay healthy and prevent spreading the illness:
- Check your immunization records. Immunization with two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is the safest and most effective way to prevent up to 95 percent of mumps infections. All Marquette students are required to receive the two doses of MMR vaccine before they are allowed to register for classes. If you are unsure of your immunization records and history, contact your health care provider or the Marquette University Medical Clinic to discuss the MMR vaccine. If you have not had two doses of MMR, it is important to get fully immunized as soon as possible. Individuals born before 1957 are likely to have had mumps disease as a child and are not generally considered to need vaccination
- Follow preventive actions. Mumps is spread from an infected person through coughing, sneezing or talking, or through contact with saliva. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water; sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow; and avoid sharing drinks, food and utensils.
- Watch for symptoms even if you have been vaccinated. Early symptoms usually begin 16 to 18 days after exposure and are similar to those of the flu: fever, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. Swelling of the cheek and jaw area (salivary glands) usually follows and is a classic symptom of mumps. Sometimes mumps can cause tenderness or swelling of the testicles. In some cases, mumps infection can result in complications that can be severe and result in hospitalization. You should contact your primary care provider or the Marquette University Medical Clinic if you experience symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick. Anyone suspected of having mumps is expected to stay home from school, work or similar activities for five days. This means don’t attend class or labs, go to work or socialize with others during this five-day period, and don’t use public transportation. Mouth and nose should be covered during any sneezing or coughing and hands should be washed frequently. There is no treatment for mumps, but you can alleviate symptoms by getting plenty of bed rest, taking over-the-counter pain killers, such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol, and drinking plenty of fluids.
Additional information on mumps is available from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information or questions, contact the Marquette Medical Clinic at (414) 288-7184.