TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County Health Department sent official word on Monday to Indiana State University that a Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student had recently been diagnosed with the mumps.
Some ISU students attended a party in late January with the diagnosed Rose-Hulman student.
In Vigo County, a diagnosed case of mumps and at least six ‘probable cases’ of mumps has been confirmed by the Vigo County Health Department.
Reports under investigation range in age from 17 to 50.
Because mumps is highly contagious, health officials are informing students, faculty and staff who could contract the virus.
Health officials say it is possible to contract mumps even if you have received the MMR (measles, mumps and rubellal) vaccination.
As a precaution to avoid the spread of this disease, it is important to frequently wash your hands after making contact with classmates and other friends.
Mumps, which is a viral infection, typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. After that symptoms are flu-like with the addition of swelling of the face.
If you believe you may have contracted mumps, contact your family doctor or (if student) the Student Health Center on campus, stop attending classes, and avoid as much contact as possible with classmates.
More complete information about mumps can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may direct them to Jane Keyes, R.N. of the Vigo County Health Department at (812) 462-3431.