A Case Of Mumps Has Been Diagnosed At FIU

FIU released a press statement today announcing there is a confirmed case of the mumps which was diagnosed at their Student Health Services.

This coming a couple of weeks after University of Florida announced 24 confirmed cases of the virus in Gainesville, Florida.

School officials say fellow students and staff who may have come in close contact with the infected student have already been notified.

The press release states, "Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that causes swelling on the sides of the face and jaw.

The first symptoms usually appear around 16-18 days after infection and include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.

Mumps is spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat.

Some people with mumps exhibit very mild or no symptoms and many people recover in a few weeks.

Members of the university community who may have come in close contact with the infected student have been notified."

FIU also states that students born after December, 1956 must show proof or documentation of immunity of receiving the MMR vaccine.

Here are more details about the mumps from the CDC's website.

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