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April 4, 2006
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU report on mumps: One confirmed and one probable case since March

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas reports one confirmed case of mumps, in a student who has since recovered, and one probable case since March 19, according to Dr. Patricia Denning, chief of staff of KU’s Student Health Services.

“The student with the confirmed case tested positive over spring break while at home in Illinois, has since recovered and returned to campus,” Denning said. “We are waiting for test results for the second student, who is under a doctor’s supervision.”

Because of the epidemic in Iowa and reports of outbreaks in other Midwestern states, KU health officials have been carefully monitoring the situation.

Mumps is a viral infection that is passed like the common cold and is characterized by fever, swelling and tenderness in glands especially around the neck and jaw, Denning said.

“Mumps rarely causes serious illness, and there is no treatment other than rest,” she said.

Denning advised any KU students who have suspicious symptoms to call Watkins Memorial Health Center at (785) 864-9500. Individuals who contract mumps can be contagious and are encouraged to stay home and limit contact for nine days after onset of symptoms.

KU requires students to have received the measles, mumps, rubella vaccination. Exceptions are granted to a small percentage of students for medical, personal or religious reasons.

Note to media: Denning will be available to the media at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Medical Library at Watkins Memorial Health Center.

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