Mumps case reported at University of Northern Colorado
The University of Northern Colorado on Wednesday sent a campus-wide email warning students of a single case of the mumps virus that has been reported on campus.
The information came via the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, according to an email from UNC Director of Environmental Health and Safety Glenn Adams.
Mumps is a virus that causes painful swelling of one or more salivary glands, low fever and headache, according to the release.
“Typically, persons with mumps have swelling of the gland located in the cheek area near the ear and back of the jaw,” according to the release.
Once common in the United States, mumps cases have dropped dramatically since the mumps vaccination — MMR — became routine in 1970s, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Mumps outbreaks have increased in recent years, and outbreaks generally affect people who aren’t vaccinated, and occur in close-contact settings, such as schools or college campuses, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The virus is spread by coughing and sneezing, or direct contact with the saliva of an infected person, according to the release.
Severe complications are rare, but may include inflammation of the brain, inflammation of the ovaries, sterility, deafness and swollen testicles, according to the campus-wide release.
Source: The Greeley Tribune