BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Five LSU students have the mumps, according to the LSU Student Health Center and the Louisiana Department of Health.
School officials said the affected students live off-campus.
Mumps is a contagious disease and the university is urging students, faculty, and staff to seek immediate care from their primary care provider if they develop signs of mumps.
Signs of mumps include swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face.
Students with signs of mumps must be isolated for at least five days from the onset of salivary gland swelling.
Mumps is spread by contact with infectious respiratory tract secretions and saliva.
Measures to help prevent viral transmission:
- Good handwashing
- Not drinking or eating after others
- Covering one’s nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
Health officials say there is no specific treatment for mumps or exposure to mumps. Most people with mumps recover fully. However, mumps can occasionally cause complications, and some of them are serious.
Receiving two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine in one’s lifetime is the best way to prevent mumps. Proof of immunity to mumps or proof of two doses of MMR vaccine is currently required for all students at LSU. Most students on campus should be protected. However, the vaccine is not 100% effective, and mumps infection may occur even in fully vaccinated students.
It is recommended that any LSU student/faculty/staff who has not received two doses of MMR get the vaccine as soon as possible. In addition, if you have come into direct contact with someone currently diagnosed with mumps, it is recommended that you receive a third MMR vaccine.
The LSU Student Health Center will be providing the MMR vaccine to students free of charge at the Student Health Center. The Student Health Center Injection Clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. You can also obtain the vaccine at your primary care provider’s office.
If you have questions about obtaining the vaccine, please call the Student Health Center Injection Clinic at 225-578-5631.
Faculty and staff with signs or symptoms of possible mumps should contact their private healthcare provider for clinical evaluation as soon as possible.
Detailed information on mumps is available at www.cdc.gov/mumps.